The goal of The National Novel Writing Month Writing Competition is to write the first draft of a novel - it's aimed at people who dream of writing but lack the motivation to actually sit down and write. Basically NaNoWriMo is about motivating would be writers into writing but hooking them up with other would be writers
NaNoWriMo gives you a deadline (Nov 1 - 30) and a word count goal (50k) and you write against a time clock. NaNoWriMo puts a countdown graph on your account profile page and you must write 1667 words a day otherwise it blanks out a day on your graph. If you write 1667 words a day it moves the bar up to the "daily goal completed" line. If you write more than 1667 words it moves the bar up accordingly. The chart can be viewed by EVERYONE members and non members alike, thus NaNoWriMo acts as a much needed boot in the pants for writers who lack motivation, by inspiring them to write every day in order to keep their PUBLIC bar chart moving up every day.
The graph also shows statistics, such as how many words were written in your country that day and the entire month, as well as how many words were written in your state that day and the entire month.
I use The National Novel Writing Month Writing Competition (since 2004) to challenge myself to write more than normal, I set my NaNoWriMo goals to 250k words in 30days
Basically if you are already writing novels regular you don't NEED The National Novel Writing Month Writing Competition at all. If you've already written 9 novels than you certainly are not lacking in the motivation to write. Like yourself I too had a long back list prior to joining NaNoWriMo so using it the way it was intended, has never been a goal with me. I find it helpful in getting more writing done than is usual for me.
The major benefit of NaNoWriMo is the social aspect of getting together with other writers.
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