There are many writing challenges out there on the internet, but there is only one that brings together a substantial community of writers annually to each write a new novel. The real challenge: each writer has only 30 days, a month, to finish their novel.
NaNoWriMo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month, which spans from November 1 to November 30. The challenge is only available between these dates, so it gives the writers a very real deadline to work on. The rules for the challenge include that the novel must be at least 50,000 words by the end of the month, it must be the author’s own work, and all the counted words must be written after November 1 (no using writing that you wrote before the start of the challenge). However, planning the novel ahead of time is permitted (such as figuring out your plot, characters, world etc.) as long as you begin the actual story at the correct time.
The website for the challenge can be found at Nanowrimo.org. More details about the challenge can be found there, as well as how to be a part of the challenge this year (November 2015).
Their website houses more than just the prompt for the writing challenge: there is actually an active community of writers who regularly contribute to the forums to help each other with their writing exploits, even in the ‘off-season’ when the challenge isn’t ongoing. Throughout the 15 years since its inception, this challenge has grown into a community with prominence in the creative writing department; many of you, in fact, have probably already heard all about NaNoWriMo and perhaps even participated in the annual challenge.
It’s a daunting task but well worth the work if you finish. You’ll have a whole novel to show for it if you do!