Write a novel this month: Part 2!

NAWRIMO writers group

NaNoWriMo 2014 at Central Library


This November is National Novel Writing Month, a writing challenge where participants around the world aim to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

For more information and to register for National Novel Writing Month, please visit www.nanowrimo.org

NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-SquareBut to get an idea of why the idea so many people (over 300,000 world-wide!) take on this challenge, take a look at these accounts from Swindon participants.

“I started NaNoWriMo because I was constantly trying to write a novel and just writing and re-writing the first few chapters over and over again. It was a perfectionism thing — I just couldn’t bear to write something imperfect. The emphasis on quantity over quality in NaNoWriMo — the requirement to just FINISH THE BOOK — really helped me get over that block. And now I write and finish novels all the time — and THEN edit them until they are (almost) perfect.”
~Victoria, 23, participant for 7 years

“I got into NaNo through a friend at university who talked about it all through October in our first year. She got me signed up to the website and I wrote a story that was completely horrific. But I was hooked.The year after that I found the Swindon forums and met the lovely people in it and I was off. I have taken part ever year so far and plan on taking partly every year going forwards until I’m too old to successfully type anything at all!”
~Kat, 22. participant for 5 years.

“In 2011, I moved out from my mum’s place after getting my first real career type job and found that my existence for a year or so seemed to consist of working and sitting at home playing video games. I threw myself at as many things as possible and one of those was NaNo. I had a couple of old uni friends who were going to try it and I thought I would go all in and go to every meeting.That time of meeting all these crazy writer type people was special and I made some excellent friends and have found more friends every year.
Its 2015 now and I have participated every year so far. To me NaNo means meeting people and making friends in the face of a shared adversary.”
~Rob, participant for 5 years

“I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo because I hope it would be exactly what I need to finally complete the novel I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember! Though this is my first NaNoWriMo, I did take part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo where I managed to write 50,000 words despite having a dissertation to finish! I am now completely obsessed with the whole NaNoWriMo culture and can’t wait to see my novel finally finished!”
~Georgi Pendragon, 23, first time participant

“This will be my fourth NaNoWriMo (two successes and one dismal failure). I took part in my first one while doing a creative writing course along with a couple of the other students and I was hooked. It stops me procrastinating and is perfect for bashing out a first draft. I love seeing the graph with the word count go up and up and the bit that tells me that if I carry on the way I am going what day I’ll finish.
Last year was a particularly good year with the Central Library hosting NaNo and being able to write alongside the really friendly, supportive and crazy Swindon group. Someone always had an answer or suggestion when anyone got stuck. And there’s a huge sense of achievement if you manage to hit the word count by the end of November.”
~Ann Corrigan, 60, participant for four years

Article written by Victoria Boulton, Swindon Municipal Liaison and organiser of the NaNoWriMo group meeting at Swindon Central LIbrary, Regent Circus, SN1 1QP every Saturday in November from 12-3.30pm. All are welcome.

You can read more about last year’s sessions at Central Library here: NaNoWriMo 2014