Every November you'll find writers across the country take their laptops to Starbucks for the purpose of pounding out a high word count with minimal distractions. Yes, it's that time of year again: National Novel Writing Month is back!
The purpose of National Novel Writing Month, abbreviated as NaNoWriMo, is to write a 50,000 word novel draft in the 30 days of November. While it is called National Novel Writing Month, many participants choose to write other genres from short stories to memoir. There aren't many rules to NaNoWriMo, but cheating is highly frowned upon. The word count is an honor system where you copy and paste your document into the official word counter.
There are lots of local opportunities to meet up with other NaNoWriMo writers. When you sign up you'll be given the opportunity to enter your region. Putting your city into your profile allows you not only to search for other writers struggling for their word count, but you'll also receive emails through NaNo to attend write-in sessions and meet other writers at coffee shops, bookstores or other public places to boost your word count.