#FollowFriday – @NaNoWriMo: The official voice of National Novel Writing Month!

by Doc Coleman - Nifty Tech Editor on October 28, 2011 · 1 comment

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I know things have been pretty quiet around here in the past few months. Things have been pretty chaotic for me this summer and The Nifty Tech Blog has pretty much taken the brunt of it. Scott has also had a tough time of it, with publishing a Young Adult novel and a collection of Horror short stories. We do have some folks lining up to do some guest reviews for us, but that still doesn’t get me out of my share of editing duties.  So where am I going with all this? We have more content coming, it is just going to take a little bit to get it out to you. Part of the reason for this is this week’s Follow Friday pick: @NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, a yearly initiative to promote reading and writing. How does NaNoWriMo do that? Two ways. One is the yearly NaNoWriMo contest. This is a big drive to have folks attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. How does this help? Well, it gets a lot of folks writing. Admittedly, most of what they are writing is horrible. Many don’t finish, and of those who do finish their novels, not all of them ever manage to edit or publish their books. But some do. NaNoWriMo helps people realize that they, too can write. And it has been responsible for launching those writers on new careers.

The second way? NaNoWriMo is run by the Office of Letters and Light, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Along with the writing contest is a charity fundraising drive to raise money to help the Office of Letters and Light to provide free creative writing programs in over 500 cities around the world. Most of those funds come from individual donations by NaNoWriMo participants. Others dollars come from Merchandise sales, special events, and grants. But you don’t have to donate to participate in the contest, and you don’t have to participate to donate. You can sponsor a participant, or just donate to the cause.

So that’s the story about NaNoWriMo. But what about @NaNoWriMo? This is the official voice of NaNoWriMo on Twitter. Naturally, there are the NaNoWriMo announcements you would expect in the feed. Status updates, special events, count down reminders. That sort of thing. But @NaNoWriMo is also there to help. Answering questions, providing advice, giving encouragement. That kind of cool stuff!

I will be following @NaNoWriMo closely in the coming month, because I am going to be taking up the writing challenge. This also means that my available time for keeping the Nifty Tech Blog up to date is going to be harshly curtailed. At least for the immediate future. One of my goals in this is to learn to better manage my time and enable me to do a better job at keeping all of my projects up to date. Wish me luck!

If you’d like to see what I’m writing about, and follow my progress, just check out my Author Bio over on the NaNoWriMo site. And please cheer me, and the other NaNo participants, on during the month of November!

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