There are many things to say about this word. One. It's not really a word or an acronym, its sort of in the middle. It's National Novel Writing Month. Basically you write a novel in a month.
Now, most authors spend years working on their books (well, all the good authors). The editing and publishing process takes a LONG time. Every year thousands of authors, amateur and professional, write a novel in a month.
A recent poll discovered that 80% of Americans want to write a book or have thought about writing a book. Barely any of these people have gotten published or even wrote the book in the first place. Nanowrimo gives you a chance to write that book. Get it on paper.
The only reason to sign up on the nanowrimo website is so you can check your word count and go into chat rooms and, if you win, get prizes. If your under the age of 18, then you can sign up on the Young Writers Program site. If your older, you sign up on the main website. Actually if your over 13 you can sign up on the adult website. The only difference is that on the adult site, your novel has to be 50,000 words. On the YWP, you can set your word count anywhere.
But writing a whole book in a month, that's hard folks. Really hard. You can't edit, can't go back and change stuff. Just write, write, write as fast as possible. Because reaching the word count goal is everything. If you reach the goal, you win. If you don't, you lose.
But winning isn't everything. Mostly because you don't actually win anything, just bragging rights and a link to buy a t-shirt (it has a big arrow on it pointing toward the face and it says WINNER!). That's all.
Now I can hear you saying to yourself, "Well, Emily. Bragging rights and links to buy $25 t-shirts are cool. But why would you do that if you don't get anything out of it."
I would reply by saying, "Well, reader of my blog. I get other things out of the experience as well. I get self esteem and experience in the writing process. Also, I get to meet other people (in chat rooms and forums). Plus at the end of the month I have something that I'm just a little bit proud of."
And, you never know if you'll become the next Rowling or Meyer or Patterson or Alcott. Ok, I will probably never measure up with Alcott, but I sure can try.
Oh yeah. I did win. Just so you know.
This came with the bragging rights.