According to the NaNoWriMo website, they believe stories matter. The event started in 1999 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005, allowing them to create other programs like Camp NaNoWriMo, The Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and “Now What?”
An estimated 484 people, from 2003 to 2018 have traditionally published, with two proposed to release in 2019. Plus, another estimated of 132 people have self-published since 2006.
This year, according to their press announcement, “NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people—including over 95,000 K-12 students and educators on our Young Writers Program website—to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November.” And last year, “NaNoWriMo welcomed 394,507 participants, in 646 different regions, on six continents. Of these, more than 58,000 met their month-long writing goal.”
NaNoWriMo is not solely for children and young adults. Everyone of all ages are welcome to take part.
But, what if you don’t like writing “novels?” I got your covered, here is a list of alternative ways to take part in NaNoWriMo.
1. Collection of Short Stories
Instead of creating one story, write many short ones. You can reach the 50,000-word count by writing a collection of short stories. You can mix and match them, or interconnect them or have no theme.
Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay? If so, there you go. Write your play out in the same format as the Cursed Child. An excellent way for a scriptwriter to get their ideas down.
3. Epic Poem
Want to surpass Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Here is your chance to compose your epic poem.
4. Book of Poems
Do you have poems lying around, journals filled with saddening prose? Why not dust those pages off and use those lovely verses to compose a book? Do you think you got 50,000 – words? I do.
Have you led an interesting life? If so, here is your chance to record it all down. Humans love reading about other humans’ lives. We love voyeurism. If not, people like the Kardashians would not be rich, or on the front pages of everything.
6. Maladaptive Daydreaming
Maladaptive daydreaming is something I suffer from every day. It coincides with my excoriation. Here is your chance to write your daydreams out and turn them into stories. If you use a journal, flip through the pages and see which ones you can spin into a full-length novel or a series of short stories.
You see, National Novel Writing Month is more than writing a novel. It is a place and time to get all stories whether they are poems, short stories, biographies, or plays out, and to breathe new life into them.