For those of you who didn’t know, I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. Writers around the world will be trying to complete the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. For some of us, it’ll be our first ever attempt at writing a novel and for others, they have multiple books under their belt. In my case, this’ll be my first attempt at writing a whole piece of fiction – and I’m excited by the prospects. The organisers of NaNoWriMo appear to be hard at work as well, but instead of working on literature, they’ve been working on their website – and it looks great. Here’s what to expect from NaNoWriMo’s website this year.
Automated badges are something I’m very familiar with; the process behind finding an action that an account has undertaken and then applying it in a meaningful way is both fun and challenging. Fortunately, NaNoWriMo has us covered. Whenever you log on and update your word count, the website will keep track and give you a badge for each step you’ve undertaken. Whether you’ve written 5,000 words or the full 50,000 words, NaNoWriMo’s website will keep track of it all for you. There are also self-awarded badges, where you can help show other writers what type of writer you are.
As well as that, the website seems to be trying to show us a lot more information regarding people in our area. I noticed one of the major features they’ve worked on is to provide a sort of “hub” for people from different areas. We in Bristol have a hub, people across the UK have their own separate hubs. Because of how new all of these features are, the Bristol area was empty, so I dropped a message for the other writers in the area to read when they get a chance to – I wished them all the best of luck during NaNoWriMo, because you know, I’m nice like that okay?
As well as this, they are providing tips for new writers on how they get through the month, but as well as that, the advice they give can be useful year-round. I’m thoroughly excited to get involved with NaNoWriMo this year, but we’ll see how far I get. Either way, I’ve got a fun story lined up, so I hope some of you will go on to read it once it’s finished. I’m looking forward to the end of November, when I will have drafted the story and will be able to begin editing it.
If you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo, or if you’ll be rooting on the writers, share your thoughts of their website redesign in the comments below. Alternatively, drop us a message on Facebook and Twitter. Sorry, I have to go get back on with preparation for my story. My wiki‘s coming along nicely, you know?