NaNoWriMo

United States
July 28, 2007 12:21pm CST
Do any of you participate in NaNoWriMo? And if you haven't heard about it, I suppose I should tell you what it is, shouldn't I? It's a contest that takes place in the month of November every year. The goal of this contest is that, during the month of November alone, the participant is supposed to write 50,000 words. That would be the length of a novel. (Hence National Novel Writing Month) You don't receive any monetary prizes, but some people try to meet the deadline just to say that they've completed NaNoWriMo before. I think about trying every year, but I don't think I have the discipline to do that many words in one month. I don't even think I've written that many words in *all* of my stories in my entire life.
3 responses
• United States
28 Jul 07
For me personally, my own first venture into writing was fraught with fear and anxiety- that is, until I found an article about Nanowrimo by Michelle L. Devon on AC. Her terrific enthusiasm is contagious, I guess, and before I knew it, November was nearly over and I had my very first publishable novel, Whispered Dreams by Olivia Faulkner. After having it professionally edited, a small publisher picked it up, and I began working on my next novel. In the midst of that writing, my husband and I decided that so many of the other writers we know might want a publisher who didn't jack them around the way we'd heard so often, and with Ms. Devon's assistance, we started Caged Heart Publishing, but none of that would have happened if I hadn't happened upon her Nanowrimo article in the first place, lol!
• United States
28 Jul 07
Do you still have access to the artical that Michelle Devon wrote? I would be very much interested to read it.
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• United States
28 Jul 07
sure, here is the link to the article on Associated Content http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/75887/how_to_prepare_for_nanowrimo.html her writer's forums, which are free, btw, are terrific as well, with tons of paying gigs listed regularly, along with writing, editing, formatting, and just about any other tips and discussion you could think of, just check out her profile on the article for her forum link.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
Wow. That's such a success story. It makes me want to try NaNoWriMo this year. My problem is that that's a busy month for me during the school year, so it becomes a problem to keep up with that many words. I really wish I could become published someday, though. I just don't think I could complete my entire novel in just one month. My inspiration doesn't last that long, and I Just don't have the extra time for that during that month. But if I ever think I do have something of actual use, I'll definitely use you guys for a Publisher, 'kay?
@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
5 Aug 07
This November will be my 4th time entering. I've never won. My previous entries include a novel about a 10-year-old crytozoologist (someone who tries to prove mysterious animals like Bigfoot exist), one about an unexpectedly pregnant disabled woman, and the last was about an newly disabled person who's girlfriend is already disabled. I have a great idea this year. I'm going to win; I can't wait for November.
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• United States
12 Aug 07
I want to be able to finish a novel, but I've never been able to in the past. I wish I could, since I think it'd just be fun to finish. Is there actually any prizes for finishing, or is it just the pride of knowing that you finished?
@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
12 Aug 07
There are no prizes for winning although the send you an icon for you website, both as a participant (anyone can get that one) and a separate one if you win.
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
I heard about NaNoWriMo a few days ago from a fellow mylotter. I recently rediscovered my love for writing and decided to join this year's NaNoWriMo. I know it's insane but I thought, since I am so bored with my life right now,and felt kinda lost I might as well go berserk all the way and challenge myself to do what I have never done before , write 50,000 worth of words. In the process of doing this I wish only two things 1) is that whatever I write will make sense and 2) that I get to reach that 50,000 word count. Wish me luck!!!