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Thursday, November 3, 2011

NaNoWriMo It's on!

If you hear people saying NaNoWriMo, it's not the return of Mork from Ork. It's the shortened way to say November is National Novel Writing Month. And the 2011 games have begun!

The event includes thirty days and thirty nights of abandoned writing. The goal is to succeed at pumping out 50,000 words in one month. Many published authors claim their best work came out of participating in NaNoWriMo. Holly Cupula is one such author. Her YA book DON'T BREATHE A WORD will be published by Harper Teen for release on January 3, 2012.
Of course you don't whip out a book in one month and then print it the next month. The chapters go through an editing phase (hence Holly writing in November 2010, publishing January 2012). One Twitter participant recommended making December ReviseOhWriMo. An excellent idea.

If you want in on the excitement, it's not too late for you. Just visit the the NaNoWriMo website. They'll keep track of your word count, keep you motivated, and help you get started with writing the next breakout novel. 

Please list additional NaNoWriMo success stories in the commet section below.


Unknown said...

My 2003 NaNoWriMo manuscript SUMMER ON FIRE was published this past July! :-) It's a contemporary YA for boys (& girls). I've been doing NaNo ever since. I also do 72hr writing marathons where writers write an entire novel over 1 weekend. One of those will be published in 2012! ;-)

Scarlett Parrish said...

Two of my published books and one-sold-yet-to-be-published novel came about as a result of NaNo. I've always said if the talent is there, it will show itself just as easily at speed, than it does when you wangst for months over a book.

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