Project 21: NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1st, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

What: Project 21 National Novel Writing Month – nanowrimo

This project involves the creation of the first draft of a 50,000 word (minimum) novel, written during National Novel Writing Month. The goal is for Jenny to create a manuscript (working title is “The Year My Life Broke“, a personal memoir which will then be delivered to an editor, redrafted and finally, submitted to a publisher via Jenny’s literary agent.


Completed online at using their online writing tools, as this allows for easy progressive tracking of word count, targets and required rate of completion to hit the count by the deadline.


NaNoWriMo 2015 started as the clock ticked over from midnight on the 1st November 2015, with a firm deadline of 11:59 PM on the 30th November 2015.


Sheer hard work, determination, and commitment to writing without self editing, backtracking or self censorship. NaNoWriMo calls for writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That averages 1,666 words each and every day.

There is no expectation that this is a final, polished work of more than 50,000. It is, however, intended to produce a passable draft; the bare bones; the core and kernel of the work, ready for polishing.


The gauge of this project’s success will be largely qualitative, based on:

  • feedback from editor;
  • feedback from agent;
  • submission responses from publishers.

Feature Image “Secretary at typewriter 1912” via Flickr Commons

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