After coming down from that candy sugar high, many of those in the writing community have dived into a new goal that doesn’t involve swindling extra candy from their gullible neighbors:
If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, in short, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a month where aspiring and established authors all bond together in writing 50k words in the month of November. Traditionally, you work on one project, but many people multitask with multiple novels. To find out more, check out this post I wrote on NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo.
I thought I’d finally start that writing series of blog posts I’ve been meaning to start, and now is as good of a time as any.
I myself am participating in NaNoWriMo (already got to my 1,667 word goal today, haha!) and today was a good start (can’t say that about tomorrow, though!)
NaNoWriMo is a great way for any aspiring author to get started. It gives many the push they need to really start on their novel without being scared about getting everything perfect on the first try.
This is something a lot of people, including myself, struggle with. But when writing for NaNoWriMo, you’re only goal is to get to that glorious 50k instead of making sure every sentence, phrase, and clause is absolutely perfect.
After NaNoWriMo, you’re free to write and rewrite and edit as much as you want, but it’s good to focus on the writing part during November. Camp NaNoWriMo lets you edit for a month in a chiller setting than NaNoWriMo, which is why participating in April is a great way for many people to clean up their novel.
There have been tons of published books that are the result of NaNoWriMo–here’s some of the most popular YA ones:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
One of my favorite contemporary novels, Fangirl was a product of NaNoWriMo and Rainbow Rowell’s hard work. Revolving around college freshman and fanfiction writer, Cath, Fangirl is a down to earth and heartwarming story about her coming of age.
If Cath and Levi can come out of one month of fervent writing, who knows what you can create?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I haven’t read The Night Circus yet, but I have heard many great things about it. Revolving around a competition between circus performers Celia and Marco, Morgenstern manages to spin a world of intrigue and mystery in this bewitching tale.
If this magical world can be spun out of one month and 50k preliminary words, who knows what dastardly tricks and plot twists you’ll be able to brew?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The book series that got me into YA, Cinder is a science fiction novel spinning the tale of Cinderella, who just happens to be a cyborg in futuristic earth. From dashing princes to cute sidekick robots to prosthetic feet to deadly diseases, Cinder is bound to keep any reader on their toes.
If a four book series of running for your lives as you save a country (or six) can spurn from NaNoWriMo, who says you can’t make another thrilling adventure for readers to fall in love with?
I hope this post inspired you to maybe join me in
suffering in hell writing 50k words this month! You can sign up for NaNoWriMo here!
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are you writing about? Feel free to leave a link to your NaNo profile below so I can add you as a buddy!