For many people, November (the phonetic word for N) is the National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.
When I first started writing and blogging, I saw these references to NaNoWriMo and wondered what on earth it meant. Three years on I’ve done two Camp NaNos – ‘lesser’ events that happen in the early and mid-summer (northern hemisphere) replicating the idea of summer camps. In 2012 that was in August, and last year it was July, and I’ve finished a Princelings book on both occasions (although the second time it was really a rewrite of an unfinished one). The November NaNo is the official one, the big one, but as it’s a really bad month for me to be thinking of writing a 50,000 word book, I’ll leave it to other people.
What I noticed last November was the increase of awareness worldwide of the process. It seemed to have moved from a literary project to a commercial organisation. I don’t know whether other people saw that. I wonder whether the rise in self-publishing is bringing more people onto the bandwagon, seeing people who want to write as being an opportunity for exploitation. I know I’m a cynic, but I think it’s a trend that might need watching.
Have you done NaNoWriMo? Camp NaNo? What do you think?