November Is When Your Novel Happens

November Is When Your Novel Happens


November is National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo has become a phenomenon. It is web-based and really natty – or, as they say these days, innovative. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50 000 words of a new novel between 1 November and 30 November.

Why do it?

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing, no matter how bad the writing is, through the end of a first draft. The idea is that many people are scared to start writing because it won’t be any good, and if there’s a time to celebrate quantity, rather than quality, more people will write an entire first draft. They can then edit if they wish.

Has anyone been published after participating?

Some famous novels started at NaNoWriMo including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – which was turned into a great movie with Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and Cuckoo by Julia Crouch.

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This article has 4 comments

  1. Michelle Fox

    Yes, I imagine I can write a novel in a month.

  2. Markus Wolf

    Nanowrimo is natty? I googled the word and it said, “smart, stylish, fashionable.” Is that the meaning? Because when I went further, I got “Natural Light Beer.” That can’t be it…

    Nonetheless, this is my fifth Nanowrimo and it’s the first thing that really got me serious about writing. Or maybe serious isn’t the right word. It gave me the first real “hunger” to write where I thought, “Hey, I can maybe do this…”

  3. sallie tierney

    This will be my 8th year participating – and each year I reached 50k! Results? I have 4 e-novels available on Amazon.com and 2 more almost ready to go. Who would have thought?

  4. Tam Francis

    Thank you for this. I’ve been seeing this on a lot of FB pages and tweets and didn’t know that much about it. I’m intrigued and inspired!

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