NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that you start on the 1st of November, aim for quantity over quality, and by midnight on the 30th of November you have a novel of about 50,000 words (about 175 pages).
It doesn’t matter if half of it doesn’t make sense, you’ve got as long as you want for edits and rewrites so the important thing is that you finish it. It’s a perfect project for anyone who’s ever thought “I could write a book, it can’t be that difficult!” or “Look at Twilight, if that can hit the best seller list anyone can do it!”
From NaNoWriMo.org :
In 2010, we had over 200,000 participants. More than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Sure I’m running a choir, organising a concert, starting an agency, planning several photo shoots and I’ve only been in my new job a week, but who can resist a sell like that?!