Originally posted by Geoff Parkes at on his blog: Englang Books
I have participated in 2014 and 2015. With less than two days to go, I am still undecided about this year.
In my first year, I pushed out 65,000 words in the month of November, and wrote a further five thousand or so to complete my debut novel, Eleven Miles.
In my second year, I set out with the fifty thousand word target in my sights and with a good plan. After only ten days, I realised that the story would be diluted far too much by forcing it to be too long. In the end, I published Knitting Can Walk! at around only 40,000 words. You might call it a novella. I just call it exactly the right length, and my readers seem to agree.
NaNoWriMo is a great community and it has certainly fuelled my motivation.
See! I have almost persuaded myself to participate in 2016 already!
It’s the last week in October, and many writers’ thoughts are inevitably turning to the annual novel-writing event, NaNoWriMo. What started as a modest venture in San Francisco Bay in 1999 with 21 participants has grown into a global phenomenon with millions participating. As a first-timer in 2015, I’d like to offer my views to…
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