National Novel Writing Month is an annual, internet-based creative writing project that takes place during November. It challenges participants to write 50,000 words over the month.

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. The website provides participants with tips for writer’s block, local places writers are meeting and an online community of support. The idea is to focus on completion instead of perfection and encourages writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion.

National Novel Writing Month’s main goal is to encourage creativity worldwide. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, but by the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words.

Writers wishing to participate must first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting.

To find out more visit www.nanowrimo.org