Artist Chal­lenge: NaNoWriMo and Huevem­ber

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OC­TO­BER just ended which means, for artists all over the world, the con­clu­sion of the month­long ink draw­ing a day chal­lenge or the Ink­to­ber chal­lenge.

You might think the chal­leng­ing days are over, how­ever, for those who are still rear­ing to fur­ther put their abil­i­ties to test, it is not the end.

This No­vem­ber, il­lus­tra­tors are not the only ones who get to put them­selves to the test be­cause this time, the writ­ers too, with their lap­tops, pa­pers, pens and cof­fee, can race to fin­ish a novel in 30 days.

The Na­tional Novel Writ­ing Month or NaNoWriMo, es­tab­lished in 1999, is a writ­ing chal­lenge wherein the par­tic­i­pants will be­gin work­ing to­wards the goal of writ­ing a 50,000-word novel with the dead­line set at 11:59 p.m. on No­vem­ber 30.

NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) non­profit that pro­vides the struc­ture, com­mu­nity, and en­cour­age­ment to help peo­ple find their voices, achieve cre­ative goals and build new worlds on and off the page.

“NaNoWriMo is more than just a writ­ing chal­lenge. NaNoWriMo is an op­por­tu­nity to step out of your ev­ery­day life, open your mind to in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties, and cre­ate new worlds with peo­ple from around the globe. It’s a joy­ous leap into un­ex­plored worlds, a lab­o­ra­tory of the imag­i­na­tion, a chance to free your­self from the ob­sta­cles that prevent you from telling your story. Our sto­ries help us un­der­stand our­selves and oth­ers, so we need our sto­ries more than ever in this age to bridge con­nec­tions and heal di­vides,” Grant Faulkner, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of NaNoWriMo, said.

Ac­cord­ing to NaNoWriMo, there were 394,507 par­tic­i­pants in 646 re­gions on six con­ti­nents last year. Of these, more than 58,000 met their month-long writ­ing goal.

At present, there are 9,540 mem­bers of NaNoWriMo in the Philip­pines. An of­fi­cial Face­book group for Filipino par­tic­i­pants of NaNoWriMo was also cre­ated called Pi­noy­w­rimos. They also have Twit­ter ac­count: @pi­noy­w­rimos. How it works To get started on your quest to write 50,000word novel in 30 days, fol­low these steps given by NaNoWriMo:

- Fill out your pro­file. Com­plete your pro­file so like-minded writ­ers can con­nect with you.

- Cre­ate your novel. In or­der to up­date your word count in No­vem­ber, you need to give your novel a ti­tle. You can still change it later, so no wor­ries. You can­not write your novel on the site, but you can share a short syn­op­sis and ex­cerpt.

And if you started writ­ing your novel to­day, its al­right as NaNoWriMo wel­comes all writ­ers at any stage. Just make sure to only count words writ­ten dur­ing the month.

- Se­lect your re­gion. Choose a home re­gion to get up­dates on lo­cal events from vol­un­teer Mu­nic­i­pal Li­ai­son. Once you’ve se­lected your re­gion, your Re­gional Lounge will ap­pear with the fo­rums.

Two of the Mu­nic­i­pal Li­aisons in the Philip­pines are Tina Matan­gui­han and An­ton Chua.

- Earn badges. Earn par­tic­i­pa­tion and writ­ing badges by com­plet­ing spe­cific mile­stones.

- Get in­spired. Start­ing on No­vem­ber 1, up­date your word count via the dash­board and header menu.

- Claim your win. Start­ing on No­vem­ber 20, paste the full text of your novel into NaNoWriMo’s word­count val­ida­tor to win.

If you’re not into writ­ing, il­lus­tra­tors can still be chal­lenged this month as No­vem­ber is also Huevem­ber.

Huevem­ber, sim­i­lar to Ink­to­ber, is a month-long art chal­lenge wherein the par­tic­i­pants will have to draw or paint an im­age for a pre-se­lected color or main hue a day.

Ac­cord­ing to the rules of Huevem­ber, artists can put all the col­ors they want in their draw­ing as long as the hue of the day stays the main vis­i­ble color of the im­age.

With all these chal­lenges lined up in No­vem­ber, this will surely be a busy month for writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors around the globe.

NaNoWriMo 2018 “NaNoWriMo is…” poster. (Photo from NaNoWriMo web­site)

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