November is a big month for bloggers and writers, with thousands of folks taking part in NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo. Wondering, “NaMo what?” Read on!
The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!
If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need.
NaMo what now?
NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to posting every single day in November.
310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Although the two events are separate, they share a history: NaBloPoMo started in response to NaNoWriMo, when a group of bloggers who lacked the time or inclination to write a book, but loved the idea of a communal blogging challenge, coalesced. Both challenges now have their own vibrant communities of writers and bloggers who inspire and support one another.
If you wait until the Muse shows up and inspires you to write, you may end up writing nothing at all. Whereas if you’re sitting there every day in November churning out your thoughts and photos and shaping them all into something readable, if even 33% of what you’ve posted veers toward greatness, that’s 10 great posts you came up with that you might not have otherwise.
Hundreds of thousands of writers and bloggers participate each year, making new friends and writing things they never thought they would.
How do I get involved?
Easy! Just decide to do it. All you need is an idea, some commitment, and a place to write.
Getting involved with the larger communities is almost as easy:
- To be listed on the official blogroll of NaBloPoMo participants, head to BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo headquarters at the beginning of November — there’ll be a sign-up post where you can add your blog, along with a list of suggested blogging prompts for the month. You can also grab the official badge for your blog.
- For NaNoWriMo, mosey over to the project’s official website to sign up and access features like word count tools and forums where you can connect with other budding novelists.
On WordPress.com, you can also tag your posts with “NaNoWriMo” or “NaBloPoMo” to help other participants find you.
I’m not sure I can blog every day for a month, help!
Sure you can, and we can help. Along with the prompts NaBloPoMo provides, we’ve got our own daily prompts and weekly writing and photo challenges to get the creative juices flowing. For those of you who prefer to blog with images, we’re also kicking off a new Blogging U. challenge in November, Photography 101, to help you snap and post every day.
If prompts aren’t for you, try creating your own manageable posting strategy for the month. Posting every day doesn’t have to mean writing 1,000 words a day — it can be as simple as:
- A photo a day
- A list a day
- A sketch a day
- A haiku a day
- An observation a day
- A thank you a day
For more help making it through, check out our blog event survival guide or our roundtable with seasoned NaNoWriMo authors. And there’s no better motivation than encouragement and engagement, so visit one another’s blogs and leave a comment when you do.
You’ve got a week to prepare. Get ready to get writing!
Hey, I’m totally pumped! I’ve won NaNoWriMo for the past three years. I. Know it says the comments are not for questions, but…since I am planning to use my blog as a place to work out the bones of my next novel, is it possible to do both at the same time? As in, write the novel in serial form? I tend to wax long in my posts ( I can’t seem to stop telling stories), so it won’t take me long to reach the 50,000 finish line of I blog it! Or would that be considered double dipping?
This is so exciting! I’ve already registered to NaNoWrimo and it´s going to be my first time 🙂 check out how I’m mental and emotionally preparing in my blog post : http://carlisdm1.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/hang-in-there-november-nanowrimo-is-coming/
I have signed up for NaNoWriMo and wondering, “Oh God, what have I done?” However in 2013 I challenged myself to post a blog every day of the year and I went over the 400 mark! I included in that year NaPoWriMo and I found that writing fed my writing; ok, some of my output was crap, but there was more than enough of which to be proud, and the sense of accomplishment was worth every second of doubt. Making the public commitment forced me to write even when I didn’t want to bother, I need that kind of pressure.
I did it for the first time last year and absolutely loved it — but now can’t even fathom how I possibly managed to write every day. I “met” new friends and blogs to follow through BlogHer, even got featured once, and enjoyed the comments and visits of new friends to my blog. It was such a great experience I managed to repeat it in December and part of January — before utterly failing. I was too afraid to attempt it this year, but I think I my “want to” is going to win over my fear. 🙂
I’ve done NaNoWriMo every year (except one) since 2006. It’s great fun and a wonderful opportunity to challenge yourself. I’ve also done NaBloPoMo concurrently. That’s much easier. A post can be anything. I have also written a few blog posts and kept them as drafts to be published on days I just can’t post, that way there is still a post each day. If all else fails when you are doing both, you can post a paragraph or two of your NaNoWriMo project or talk about one of your characters or perhaps a challenge you are encountering in your novel. Remember that a picture can be a stand alone post. So can a quote or a song lyric, etc.
I am absolutely participating. I won the last two years, and I’m going to win again this year. Last year’s NaNo project is in edits right now, which is painful and NaNo will be a welcome reprieve. If anyone wants to buddy up, my tag is feather face. It’s a childhood nickname. I may even partake in NaNoBloMo, to track my progress. You can see it for yourself, heatherglomb.com. Just click follow. 🙂
… and if you happen to live in Berlin, Germany, come join us for a ‘Long Night of Writing’ on Friday, Nov 14th! We’ll meet around 8pm and work and write until 5am on Saturday. Inspiring workshops & coffee included! It’s just 15€ (to pay for the beautiful, spacious rooms… and the coffee), and we’re looking forward to lots of cool people. You’ll find more info (in German) on my blog. See you! 🙂
I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year, and completed about a 53,000 word rough draft novel. I had a blast doing this, and had the most awesome support. I planned to do the same this year and write the sequel to the one from last year. The first one isn’t published yet, but close to 2nd editing. I have a blog already, but can’t wrap my mind around now the BloMo is supposed to work. I’m tempted to take a break on the first novel and go ahead and start the sequel even though I don’t have as much background material to draw from as I did for last year. Any ideas or advise; or opinions?
Hi, I’ve been doing NaNo since 2006 and I’ve won five of them. Last year was a total failure since I don’t think I even reached 2k. *head desk* I’ll be working on NaNo this year as well. I recently started a new blog about my writing, and I haven’t posted much. I think BloMo is what I might need to kick myself into blogging something, even if it’s brainstorming for NaNo.
I’ll be posting a link to this on http://stevethewrimoforum.proboards.com I think there’s some over there that would love the challenge of blogging every day. 🙂
Happy writing, everyone!
I’ve never done the blogging event before! Looking forward to participating in both events this year!
Ok, let us prepare for the games to begin! 🙂
Thank you for providing this background around NaNoWriMo to help spread the word about this! I’m excited to participate in my first NaNoWriMo this year — and wondering if I can churn out 50,000 words by the end of the month. I hadn’t heard of NaBloPoMo, so this one was new to me. As it turns out, I’ve scheduled quotes throughout the month of authors talking about writing and books — to inspire me and others who are particpating in NaNoWriMo. Thanks again for talking about these November events!
This should be easy, since I did this back in Aug, my first full month of blogging. I did it again during Blogging 101, when I learned to use the feature that allows me to set a date and time of the posting as I wrote several on a weekend and just stacked them up.
This feature will allow me to focus more on my NaNoWrMo activities.
Looks great. I think I heard about this last year too, but didn’t notice. Now I’m ready and excited to do this challenge. Let’s blog and build community.
I successfully completed Nanowrimo for the second time last year and it felt amazing. Getting nervous now though with only 2 days to go. Would reallyyyy like to stick to it again this year… fingers crossed!
I loved this post, I’d never heard on NaBloPoMo (hehehe, that name still makes me giggle…) before, and this has inspired me to give it a go! Let’s see how far I get…
I’ve been procrastinating, time to get with it. This will be the boost I needed.
very nice ! 🙂