NaNoWriMo is right
around the corner. For those of you who don't know what that is, NaNoWriMo is National
Novel Writerâ€™s Month. Itâ€™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. Thatâ€™s right, NaNoWriMo is all about the
writing, but itâ€™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, itâ€™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 itâ€™s fun.
Readers who are following one author that they like may discover other authors.
participants are already published authors, so don't be afraid to shop a
writerâ€™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 â€“ if not their entire drafting process â€“ for feedback.
While not quite the TextNovel experience, itâ€™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.
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.
Remember that friendly competition? Well this year, Twitter will
be involved and thereâ€™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 NaNoWriMoâ€™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
available for purchase at Sapphire Blue Publishing. Coming soon is the urban
fantasy: Prime Evil
explores books, television, writing and more -- all topics
that Heather enjoys.
11 comments posted.
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)
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)
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)