National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a way to encourage twenty-one would-be novel writers to complete a manuscript in a month’s time. Fifty thousand words was set as the goal because Chris Baty, the founder, determined that was the length of the shortest novel on his bookshelf—Huxley’s Brave New Word.
NaNoAriMO quickly grew into a worldwide community of writers and help and encourage each other to write. Dolly Sickles showed us how to join the community and challenge ourselves to write fifty thousand words. All writings, she said, can count towards that goal—work-related, personal, and your project—which can make the goal more attainable if you write other things than your creative project.