Ghost Writer
4 min readNov 10, 2023

I feel like I’ve seen this everywhere. It’s become like a buzz word in the writing community. Write a novel in a month. But the more I thought about it, the more I have really thought about where it comes from, where it is going, is it cotton eyed Joe? I don’t know.

Because of this I’ve never participated in this writing event even though it sounds like something I want to do for reasons I’ll get into later, but first let’s dive deep into the mystery of NaNoWriMo. (Not gonna lie for the longest time I thought it was NaNoRiMo. I have no idea, but it always sounded like Rimo for some reason)

NaNoWriMo origins

National novel writing month was started in 1999, as a challenge to write 50,000 words, which is a pretty good size for a book. The context stories are roughly:

Short stories are 1,500 ~5,000.

Novella 10,000 ~50,000

Novel 50,000- and above

The non-profit institution is doing a good thing promoting writing for the common folks, us plebeians, and I love that. On their website you can sign up and gain access to their free material and join their community.

Photo by Trey Gibson on Unsplash

So, the challenge is calling for a novel and a whole novel in the span of one month, only 4 weeks, 30 days to write a meaningful story. Maybe that’s why I haven’t participated because it sounds very scary. There’s a lot that goes into a meaningful story, you have conflict, which is internal and external working together. You need to outline your character and their internal conflict, and your setting and the effects of natural setting. You need to plot out the events and make sure that they affect your main character’s internal conflict while also allowing the events of your story to be affected by your characters action and internal conflict struggles while the side plots affect the main events. I’m sure there are more but that is already too much to handle and only in 30 days while life is racing around you. I’m not doing a very good job of convincing you to participate.

But struggling alone is not as fun as struggling together. This month is promoting community struggling and overcoming. This forum of people just like you on the same path as you, makes it nice to know you’re not alone.



Ghost Writer

Just tryin to figure out writing and here's what I've learned so far.