NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The aim is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. If the writer successfully meets the word count, they receive a certificate and can also get a couple of free copies of the paperback novel if they publish it via Amazon Createspace.
I took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2010, after being introduced to the concept by a high school friend. I managed to write over 20,000 words for my first attempt but didn't meet the target word count. However, my later attempts in both 2011 and 2013 (during my GCSEs and the first year of my A-levels) were more successful and I am now a proud owner of 2 self-published supernatural murder mysteries (bet you can't guess what my favourite literary genre is!).
I participated again in 2019 to increase the word count of my first draft for a novel. This involved making myself a dedicated writing corner (see below) and, since my birthday is in November, asking for a NaNoWriMo-themed cake. Mum obliged and the beautiful result can be observed below.