Here Comes NanoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month 2016 (NaNoWriMo) is almost here. If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it means what it says; write a novel in a month. “Writing a novel” means a 50,000-word first draft, but the criteria for success is up to the participant.

I am participating for the first time this year. I’ve decided to set my ongoing project, the book about my grandfather, and work on a fantasy novel that’s been banging around in the back of my mind for a couple of years.

When I started to focus on the book about my grandfather I was worried about making it my first project, and I was right: it’s too personal, and the plotting is a little tricky.

The fantasy story, which is primarily (but not only) about a character named Johann Hehl, is a bit more straightforward and less personal. I think it’s a unique take on the genre, but I suppose most authors start out saying that.

50,000 words are a lot in a single month, and I will need to prioritize the book over the blog. I’ll do my best to check in and at least post some quick updates.

Is anyone else participating this year? Let me know in the comments.

2 Replies to “Here Comes NanoWriMo”

  1. I’m not sure. I am almost finished writing a 60,000 word first draft. Took me about 6 weeks, so not quite NaNoWriMo pace, but close. My first drafts are notoriously thin, and I go back and add despcription etc.

    I have 2 other books I’ve written that need revising to the point they’re ready for me to query. Not sure adding a 4th book is a good idea or not, though I have ideas knocking around up there!

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