How can it possibly be November 1 already? Let’s kick off the month with NaNoWriMo!
Vonda here: Writers, are you wondering what all this NaNoWriMo talk is about? Trying to decide if it’s something you should consider? Thanks to Edie Melson, here are the answers to your questions! (This is my second year to participate!)
To NaNo or Not? NaNoWriMo Decoded,Â by Edie Melson
Among those whose heartâ€™s desire is to write a novel, November thoughts turn to the dilemma of NaNoWriMo. For the uneducated, November has long become known as National Novel Writing Monthâ€”NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is an idea that has exploded in popularity. The idea is that you write the first draft (minimum of 50,000 words) of a novel in one month. At first this may sound ridiculous, but many writing instructors advocate writing your first draft quickly, without editing.Â James Scott Bell
encourages this in his book, The Art of War for Writers.
I highly recommend this book, by the way and it was the very first book reviewed on my blog. Curious to learn more? Click here to read the review
So how do you get involved with NaNoWriMo?
- First, visit the website and set up an account.
- Second, familiarize yourself with the site and the many things they offer.
- Third, start brainstorming ideas.
Yep, Iâ€™ve found it helps me to have an idea of where Iâ€™m going with my novel. I donâ€™t want to get into the whole plotter or pantster debate, but I highly recommend at least a glimmer of an idea before you start.
Still unconvinced itâ€™s for you? Consider this, people participate in NaNo for many reasonsâ€”many of them goodâ€”here are just a few to consider.
- For Fun: maybe youâ€™ve been toying with the idea of writing a novel. Hereâ€™s your time to give it a try.
- To Jumpstart Your Next Book: if you write professionally, the work of writing can sometimes get in the way of actual writing. NaNo can help you get back on track.
- An Accountability Group: Some of us just do better when we have to report on our progress. NaNoWriMo actually requires that.
- A Deadline and Goal: I donâ€™t know about you, but I can do almost anything for a monthâ€”give up chocolate, start an exercise program, get familiar with a new routine. Why not try writing a novel?
- Company in a Lonely Endeavor: writing is a solitary pursuit and can often be intimidating and discouraging. Aligning with a group that has a shared goal and purpose helpsÂ alleviateÂ theÂ lonelinessÂ and helps keep us motivated.
- To Win: yes, I admit it. Iâ€™m highly competitive and just thinking about NaNoWriMo gets my adrenaline pumping.
Vonda here: I would love to see who’s participating in NaNoWriMo, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know your NaNoWriMo name (you choose it when you register). Mine is easy to remember: vondaskelton.
Also, if youâ€™ve participated in NaNoWriMo previously, please share your suggestions and comments based on your experience. Thanks!
I want to hear about your successes!
Okay, friends, now itâ€™s time to hear from you! We want to know what youâ€™ve been up to. Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe youâ€™ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!
Itâ€™s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)
I canâ€™t wait to celebrate with you!
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Who Worked on Their MoGo7000 in October?
If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in October, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2016 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! Itâ€™s open to everyone who qualifies.
To report your October results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written on a book project in October. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Sunday).Â
If you missed out on last yearâ€™s money-winning writing challenge, donâ€™t worry, the 2016 challenge continues! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules.
Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the â€śhatâ€ť for the drawing. You have two months to reach your 7000-word goal–that’s two entries for $100!
And yes–your NaNoWriMo words can count toward your MoGo7000 words!
So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could have and extra $100 next year. And it doesnâ€™t cost you a cent!
And who won a free copy of Lori Roeleveld’s new book, Jesus and the Beanstalk?
The winner is…
Congrats, Alycia! Simply contact me with your snail mail address and Lori will get your free book right out to you!
And to those who didn’t win, here’s the Amazon link to Jesus and the Beanstalk. You know you want it!
Don’t forget to leave a comment if you’re going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. We need to encourage each other!
Blessings, my friends!
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