Why NaNoWriMo?


The what?

NaNoWriMo? The first time I saw this acronym I thought it might be a computer programming term. You know, like GIGO? Garbage in, Garbage out. It turns out that it has nothing to do with computer programming. This funny word, which also reminded me of my first email password-zugubufu( let’s keep that between us, shall we?) stands for National Novel Writing Month.

The idea is to write a novel of at least 50 000 words during the month of November. This internet based initiative uses “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon! No Plot? No Problem!” as its slogan.


In November, 2013, there were 310,095 participants. The website says that auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers walked away as novelists. I am unsure if this means that so many people participated, or if it refers to the amount of completed…

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