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iHub By Jessica Colaço / October 12, 2011

National Novel Writing Month at the iHub

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What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30th. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

How NaNoWriMo Works

  1. Sign up for the event by clicking the “Sign Up Now” link at the top of the site. It’s right there above “National.”
  2. Check your email and read the ginormous email our noveling robots send you. It will have “Love” in the subject line, and may be hiding in your Junk folder.
  3. Log into your account and use the links on the My NaNoWriMo page to set your timezone, affiliate with a region, and tell us a little bit about yourself.
  4. Begin procrastinating by reading through all the great advice and funny stories in the forums. Post some stories and questions of your own. Get excited. Get nervous. Try to rope someone else into doing this with you. Eat lots of chocolate and stockpile noveling rewards.
  5. On November 1, begin writing your novel. Your goal is to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, local time, on November 30th. You write on your own computer, using whatever software you prefer.
  6. This is not as scary as it sounds.
  7. Starting November 1, you can update your word count in that box at the top of the site, and post excerpts of your work for others to read. Watch your word-count accumulate and story take shape. Feel a little giddy.
  8. Write with other NaNoWriMo participants in your area. Write by yourself. Write. Write. Write.
  9. If you write 50,000 words of fiction by midnight, local time, November 30th, you can upload your novel for official verification, and be added to our hallowed Winner’s Page and receive a handsome winner’s certificate and web badge. We’ll post step-by-step instructions on how to scramble and upload your novel starting in mid-November.
  10. Win or lose, you rock for even trying.

This year is Kenya’s first year as it’s own region. The iHub has graciously agreed to host weekly write-ins during the month of november.

The Tentative dates for NaNoWriMo are as follows:

Tuesday, 1 NovemberNanowrimo Kick-Off party (6 – 8pm @ iHub)

Tuesday, 8 November – Write-in (6pm @ iHub)

Tuesday, 15 November – Write-in (6pm @ iHub)

Tuesday, 22 November – Write-in (6pm @ iHub)

Tuesday, 30 November – TGIO (Thank God Its Over) Party (6pm @iHub)

To sign up for this WriMo, register HERE!

To see a complete of published Wrimos and their NaNo-novels, visit this link

To visit the Africa:Kenya group page, click HERE!!

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made solutions. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. She blogs at: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


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