Some writer’s cringe when they hear the acronym NaNoWriMo, while some get excited. The non-writers might be left scratching their head and asking, what the heck is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a writing competition held every November. It challenges participants to write 50,000 words from November 1 until the deadline on November 30th. In others words, you write like a crazy person for thirty days, often ignoring family, friends, laundry, etc.
Of course, 50,000 words isn’t considered novel length, but it can be a great start to a very rough draft.
For those of you who’ve stuck with me all of these years, you know the first book I ever wrote was during the 2010 competition. I wrote 1667 words a day, sometimes more on the weekend. By November 27th, I had 50, 655 words. Was it hard? You bet. Was I cranky those twenty-seven days? Ask Derek. But in the end I met the challenge and was awarded with this.
Although the characters never left my thoughts, the book sat on my hard drive virtually untouched until March of 2015. After months of work and a generous contest, that book turned into this, with a different title.
After a complete rewrite, my second book is currently with my editor. Whether it’s purchased by Harlequin is yet to be determined. It’s my 2012 NaNoWriMo book.
On November 1st, I will participate in my third competition. You won’t see much of me, until I meet the challenge.
For those of you who think I’m crazy…maybe I am. 🙂