November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo(http://nanowrimo.org/). NaNoWriMo, a nonprofit organization founded by Chris Baty in 1999, aims to encourage the creative writing dreams of people all over the world. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s 1,667 words a day! Participants use the official NaNoWriMo website to track their progress. The website also provides participants with writing tips and notes of inspiration throughout the writing period. Everyone who reaches the goal of 50,000 words written by November 30th gets a certificate, and a prize such as free books or deep discounts on writing software.
NaNoWriMo does more than just provide a place for budding novelists to track their progress. The organization also sponsors writing programs in schools all over the world. According to their Website, there were 92,000 participants in their Young Writers Program last year. The organization provides classroom materials to help teachers include novel writing in the classroom. More information can be found here.