NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is this month—November.

This annual event encourages authors and would-be authors to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one month, during the month of November.

Thus far, 90+ published novels began as NaNoWriMo projects.  NaNoWriMo writers produced three billion words last year.

Are you looking for some inspiration to finish or write a novel that has been hanging around the corners of your mind? Then I encourage you to seize this month to write your novel. Just start writing. Write instead of watching television this month. Write in your spare time. If you get stuck and need some inspiration, simply visit the NaNoWriMo website to read a daily writing tip.

Are you a publisher looking for a great novel manuscript to publish? Consider hosting a NaNoWriMo competition. Encourage writers who have put a novel to ink this month to submit their novel for consideration for publication with your publishing company. You can help add to the NaNoWriMo statistics as well as your company’s book offerings. Published novels that began as NaNoWriMo projects are sure to draw plenty of media coverage, helping you get a boost on promoting the book you choose.

Don’t wait. November starts today. Start writing or advertising your NaNoWriMo competition. And, keep me informed. I would love to hear about your NaNoWriMo project.

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NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Individuals who participate in NaNoWriMo write a 50,000-word novel (175-page) from scratch in one month’s time. That’s quite a hefty challenge.

Yet, for the past three years, over 100,000 people have participated in NaNoWriMo.  Of course, not everyone who participates actually finishes. Last year, out of 167,150 participants, only 32,178 wrote a complete 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Whether a participant makes it or not, participating in NaNoWriMo can certainly give authors and aspiring authors the motivation to begin that novel project that you have been putting off for awhile.

If you are an author who has been itching to write a new novel, consider taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. Not only will it help you start writing your novel, participating in NaNoWriMo gives you a great way to market your soon-to-be novel.

Start by announcing that you are taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. You can announce this on your blog, your social networking sites, your own website, and even in a press release. Then, post your progress on your blog or website and social networking sites during November. Encourage your online readers and friends to critique various parts of the novel you write over the course of the month. These written pieces can be a teaser to interest people in reading the final product.

When you have a completed project, you can make a new announcement to your fans and inform them where they can purchase the book. Don’t forget to thank them for any support they give you over the course of your NaNoWriMo writing journey.

If you are not an established author and don’t have a blog or website, Smashwords has opened up their platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress. You can use the Smashwords platform to generate interest for the novel you are writing. Then, at the end of November, you can upload your completed novel and sell it on Smashwords.

To learn more about how NaNoWriMo works, or to sign up as a participant, visit the NaNoWriMo website.

I would love to hear if you are taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. Leave a comment here about your project and be sure to include where readers can track your progress this month.

Bountiful writing wishes to you!

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