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DAILY DOSE | Five Ways Readers Benefit from NaNoWriMo


NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. For those of you who don't know what that is, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writer’s Month. It’s a fun, by the seat of your pants writing challenge that began in 1999 with just 21 participants. Now a decade later, NaNoWriMo averages over a 100,000 participants in a no-hold barred, write like mad for 30 days adventure to create a book from scratch. That’s right, NaNoWriMo is all about the writing, but it’s also about the connections and relationships you make with other writers going through the same things you are.

I've participated officially in NaNoWriMo once, but unofficially, I've been following it since 2001 or thereabouts. November is the chosen month for NaNoWriMo; writing begins on the 1st and runs through the 30th with writers giving away prizes to other writers and more as a way to encourage success. For some writers, it’s also about competing with friends (friendly competition only, mind you) in order to drive word counts up. If you can successfully commit 30 days to NaNoWriMo, you can walk away with the bones of your novel or at least a solid first draft.

But How Do Readers Benefit?

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits for writers, but what about readers? Well here are five ways that you, the reader benefit from our novel writing frenzy:

You Meet New Authors

A lot of published authors birthed their first works during NaNoWriMo and return year after year to participate, partially for discipline, but also because it’s fun. Readers who are following one author that they like may discover other authors. Many NaNoWriMo participants are already published authors, so don't be afraid to shop a writer’s name around to see what they have on their backlist.

Be Involved in the Process

Want to cheer on a favorite writer? Want to get a glimpse of what they are working on? NaNoWriMo are writers responsible only to themselves, but they are just as likely to post clips, snips and excerpts – if not their entire drafting process – for feedback. While not quite the TextNovel experience, it’s definitely a way for you to get involved, let your author know what you think. You might be amazed to see new characters and old favorites come to life during the process.

Win Prizes

Writers love to run contests and November is a fantastic month for it, particularly because Christmas is right around the corner and they are writing like mad. You can win all kinds of swag.

Be Entertained

Remember that friendly competition? Well this year, Twitter will be involved and there’s already a friendly competition being waged between Sapphire Blue Publishing writers using the hashtag #SBPCageMatch where the writers will be talking smack, posting word counts and even teasing about their works throughout the month.

New Books and Possibly New Authors

Every NaNoWriMo produces new works and published authors every year. The first draft, in many cases, can be the hardest and with NaNoWriMo’s resources, support and structure, writers who didn't think they could, suddenly find themselves making it.

So check out NaNoWriMo this year. Check out whether your favorite author is participating or if any author you know is. Turn out to support them and cheer them on. The actual writing process may not be a spectator sport, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the spectacle of writers gone wild.

You can check out my NaNoWriMo updates all month long on twitter (HVLong) and here at the Daily Dose. In fact, you'll find the first 500 words of my NaNoWriMo challenge published this Saturday!

A lifelong writer turned author, Heather Long's first book Remembering Ashby is available for purchase at Sapphire Blue Publishing. Coming soon is the urban fantasy: Prime Evil. The Daily Dose explores books, television, writing and more -- all topics that Heather enjoys.




11 comments posted.

Re: DAILY DOSE | Five Ways Readers Benefit from NaNoWriMo

I never knew this takes place - it sounds like a lot of fun! Good luck to all the authors participating!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 2:10pm October 29, 2009)

This is news to me but I will definately be following along.
(Annetta Stolpmann 2:22pm October 29, 2009)

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I wasn't aware this took place so let me send wishes to everyone and hope alot of good books comes from the event. susan L.
(Susan Leech 2:36pm October 29, 2009)

Sounds very intense for the writer, but also a lot of fun. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing.
(Theresa Buckholtz 2:42pm October 29, 2009)

I agree about not being aware of this. I have seen several series where each author writes a book, but not a book that is a group effort.
(Karin Tillotson 3:34pm October 29, 2009)

I found that place after reading another blog you wrote. I found that site interesting! As a writer, it would be very helpful. Good Luck and I look forward to hearing more about you!
(Lisa Glidewell 3:43pm October 29, 2009)

Heather Long: Thank you for your timely post.

Yes, I'll be participating this November, writing the first draft of a novel. But I don't know that I'd want to discuss it with my Facebook friends and other blogging buddies. They'll be busy with their own projects.

You've heard the saying, "Nobody likes to see sausages or laws being made"? In my case at least, it also applies to books.

Good luck, y'all!
(Mary Anne Landers 5:59pm October 29, 2009)

This competition sounds like fun. I will definitely be checking in to see what's going on. Good luck to everyone!
(Rosemary Krejsa 6:45pm October 29, 2009)

thanks for the post
(Diane Sadler 8:50pm October 29, 2009)

Please enter me!

dancealert at aol dot com
(Brenda Rupp 9:13pm October 29, 2009)

Had not heard about this. What a
wonderful way to urge each other on.
Will have to find the site to follow in
(Patricia Barraclough 2:34am October 30, 2009)

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