Thursday, February 19, 2009


Do you love to write?

Do you freeze up because you think you have to write something perfect?

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is about writing for fun, with no constraints. It's not about being's just about getting something on paper. (you can edit it and clean it up later during NaNoEdMo)

NaNoWriMo offers a curriculum that is free for schools. Once a teacher signs up their class (which you can do by going here), they receive buttons, stickers, posters, and access to an interactive Web site intended to make writing fun. Teachers are not expected to grade their students on the content, or even necessarily read what they write. You can read more about it here.

Adults who want to sign up on their own can click here. During writing month, adults are expected to complete a goal of 50,000 words during that month. (Kids have more options of setting their own goals). The goal is writing...not being perfect.

If you're interested, but can't wait until the November writing month...or if writing a novel doesn't sound interesting, but writing song lyrics or plays, creating art, or editing your work that you already have is more your thing, check out these upcoming events:

NaNoWriMo-style Events Coming Up on the Horizon: - National Novel Finishing Month (December). Goal: 30,000 words.

JaNoWriMo - January Novel Writing Month (January). Goal: 50,000 words, or whatever goal you set.

FAWM - February Album Writing Month (February). Goal: Write 14 original songs in a month.

NaNoEdMo - National Novel Editing Month (March). Goal: Commit to 50 hours of novel editing in a month.

JulNoWriMo - July Novel Writing Month (July). Goal: 50,000 words for a new or unfinished manuscript.

24 Hour Comics Day - (Changes annually, lasts 24 hours). Goal: Draw a 24-page comic in one 24-hour period.

Mad Challenge - (Varies). Goal: Complete a variety of point challenges issued by moderators, including writing 10,000 in 5 hours.

April Fool's - (April). Goal: Set a word-count goal for yourself and reach it by the end of the month.

NaPlWriMo - National Playwriting Month (November). Goal: Write a play in one month.

NaNoMangO - The artist's alternative to NaNoWriMo (November). Goal: Draw 30 pages of sequential art in one month.

NaNoPubYe - National Novel Publishing Year (Year-Round). Goal: Get that NaNoWriMo novel ready for publication!
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