The #NaNoRhino happened because of a terrible pun by a first-year NaNo participant, and here we are.
If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s the annual effort to write 50,000 words in a month, usually a first draft of a new project. For most of us, that’s a 50-60 hour commitment. People tackle NaNo with all sorts of goals and ambitions — to just have a lark being creative, to make a serious push on a professional project, and everything in between.
Several of my NaNoWriMo projects have turned into published books. Some have done pretty well (The Songweaver’s Vow is a SPFBO Best of 2017 semi-finalist and a 2018 Realm Award winner for Best Fantasy).
But you don’ t have to be a professional writer, and you don’t have to have a publishing goal, to do NaNo. In fact, it’s probably better to go in without a publishing goal; then you’ll take the pressure off your first draft, and you’ll do a better job of revisions later.
The NaNoRhino is just a fun way to remind participants of their goals, to share helpful tips, and to keep a proper attitude about our creativity and projects (this is fun!). I got a plush NaNoRhino to keep us focused and playful at the creative retreat I organize mostly-annually, but we’re sharing rhinos online as well. Watch Twitter and Facebook for #NaNoRhino tips, and feel free to join in!
All rhinoceros images were acquired from royalty-free collections and licensed for reuse.