Tuesday, May 22, 2012

JuNoWriMo and BuNoWriMo

Every year, many writers participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is held in November. Others would participate if it were scheduled for a different month. If setting aside the month of November to write a novel isn't feasible for you, consider JuNoWriMo.

JuNoWriMo stands for June Novel Writing Month. For many people, June works better than November.

Participants in JuNoWriMo don't have to write a novel; other works are acceptable. The goal is to write 50,000 words in June.

Remember that this is your first draft, which means you shouldn't expect to perfect your manuscript during the challenge. The idea is to get it all down on paper--or computer--so that you actually have something to work with when you're ready to start revising.

BuNoWriMo (Burrow Novel Writing Month) is another option. Also held in June, BuNoWriMo has the same goal of 50,000 words. Participants are required to join the BuNoWriMo group at Facebook.

Many people find that June works out better for them than November. If setting aside November to write a novel is inconvenient or even impossible for you, just remember that there are at least two other options. Of course, it's also possible to write on your own schedule, but joining other writers who make a firm commitment to achieve their goals is a great incentive.


nutschell said...

I think June does sound more feasible than November. It always gets crazy around the holiday period so I never get the chance to join nano. :) Thanks for letting us know about this:)

Eliza Wynn said...

June will still be problematic for some people, but I think it probably works out better for most.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Wow, you have a lot of blogs, don't know how you find the time. I love NaNo, but we have different holiday times in Australia so maybe it just fits better with my schedule.

Eliza Wynn said...

I know a few people with more blogs than I have. I've tended to neglect mine at times, so I'm trying to revive them all.

Christine Rains said...

I wish everyone good luck if they're participating. I've done NaNoWriMo for ten years now. November isn't the most convenient of months, but I like the tradition of writing a novel every November. It's a lot of fun and the writing community is fabulous.

Jennifer Shirk said...

June is way better than November. But I did just finish a Fast Draft class, so I plan on making June my revision month.

Eliza Wynn said...

Christine: It's great that you've been doing this for ten years. Wow!

Jennifer: That sounds like a great idea!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I joined JuNoWriMo for the first time this year. It's challenging, but it keeps me thinking about writing ALL the time.

Eliza Wynn said...

You can do this, Jenn!