National Novel Writing Month 2016

Guess what I’ll be doing in November! Nanowrimo!

Those of you in the novel writing world have probably heard of National Novel Writing Month. According to Wikipedia, it is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words (their minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process.

It winds up being an average of 1667 words per day. You can do more or less depending on your schedule, but to win, you need to have 50,000 by the end of the day on November 30th. Last year I think I had my 50,000 on November 24th, a couple of days before Thanksgiving. But continued to write to finish the draft of the story.

I participated last year and won with approximately 63,000 words and a rough draft of the sequel to The Hard Way called The Bully’s Way. This year’s novel is called The Street’s Way, which will be the third book in this series. Same characters continuing their story lines. Be sure to look for these books coming soon.

If you are also participating in Nano and want another buddy, I am in as SelmaPVerde. It is a great motivator to get the draft done and a fun activity to participate in with other authors on their writing journies.

2 Replies to “National Novel Writing Month 2016”

  1. My goodness! Everyone seems to be gearing up to Nanowrimo this year. I think it’s great that it’s helping you.
    I’ve just made the decision not to do it this year, because my writing schedule isn’t in sync. On the plus side, I’m still plugging away at my stories. On the down side, I’m just a bit wistful — there’s something about the energy of Nanowrimo that’s tremendously encouraging. But I can’t fit it in with the schedule I’ve got for my projects this year. I’ll aim for the next year instead.

    1. It is a great way to get the writing juices going. I admire the fact that you know your schedule won’t allow for it though. It is hard not to get sucked in. Good luck on your projects! Can’t wait to hear more about them!

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