NaNoWriMo is an event that runs every November and it encourages potential writers to complete a novel within 30 days. However, this year they are kicking it up a notch.
Writers will now be able to upload their stories on to Wattpad’s online writing community where they will be entered into a draw to win the cash prize.
Wattpad is an online community for writers. They are able to post articles, stories and poems where other users, and potential readers, can comment and like this content. Wattpad is known for producing work by undiscovered and published writers.
This is another stepping stone to the advantages of digital publishing. To combine an online writing community with the immeasurable efforts of those who participate in NaNoWriMo every year is plain genius. It is this partnership and collaboration that the publishing industry needs to use as a precedent
Ashleigh Gardner, head of Publishing Partnerships at Wattpad, said: “Writing an entire novel in a month is a huge accomplishment and should be celebrated. NaNoWriMo stories shared on Wattpad will get in front of millions of readers around the world. And writers will get instant feedback on their stories via comments, votes and messages— it’s social storytelling.”
Wattpad is now an official sponsor of NaNoWriMo and it will be running blogs and forums for writers to share tips and offer encouragement – hopefully it means that more writers will be inspired. That more writers will share their ideas, in an accessible digital format, where they can develop and grow.
More than 500,000 people from more than 100 countries are expected to attempt NaNoWriMo this year, with hundreds of events planned to help writers connect by teaming up with libraries and schools.
Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo said: “A significant reason so many people have become successful novelists in NaNoWriMo is because of the community of support we provide online and in live events around the world. By partnering with Wattpad, we’re adding even more social features to what’s usually a solitary activity, writing.”
This is the way that digital publishing should move forward. We need to stop being afraid of losing print because print is something that will co-exist with digital. It is the story that is, and always will be, central. Without encouragement for our writers there won’t be anything to publish – and this partnership really shows off how.
Good luck to all those who enter NaNoWriMo this year and take on all the advice, tips and encouragement that Wattpad’s involvement can now offer.