Yes, really. It's good for anyone who wants to be a writer, for newbie scribblers or seasoned novelists alike. Writing is a craft learned and improved by – you guessed it – WRITING. And NaNoWriMo is designed to make you do it a LOT.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. That's right – your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write a novel in a single month! It's a literary marathon to put 50,000 words on paper in 30 days.
To achieve 50,000 words in a month, you have to write over 1666 words a day. Here's the secret: They will NOT all be great words. In fact, some of them, maybe even most of them, will be CRAP. But crap is good – yes, I say, GOOD – because it’s only by permitting yourself to write crap, that you’ll free yourself to write the good stuff. And that means that somewhere in all that crap you’ve produced is GOLD.
BTW - Here's the official site with all kinds of helps and tips: http://nanowrimo.org/
And here's the official press release from NaNoWriMo for 2011:
Question - What do you think of the NaNoWriMo idea? Are you thinking of participating this year?