Before I get too carried away, let me first introduce you to Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month (or Nanowrimo) takes place in the month of November every year. It consists of a website at nanowrimo.org with a number of useful novel writing resources and local support groups of other prospective authors. The goal towards an individual is for each person to write a 50,000 word novel in the span of November (which adds up to a daunting 1667 words a day to stay on pace). The non-profit nanowrimo organization also supports educational efforts with the donations they get.
Last year (2011), I did Nanowrimo and I won. I actually never made it to any in person events and I didn’t do much forum chat on the website either. I essentially only used the sites word count to give myself a motivating factor to just keep trucking along. I still haven’t gotten my 2011 novel published. Though, all it needs are some editorial reviews.
This year (2012), I actually failed to meet the 50,000 word goal. By Thanksgiving time, I was sitting at about 32,000 words and after not writing for a couple days, I just stopped through the end of the month. Though I am saddened to say that I did not win, I am not all that worried actually.
This year, I actually made it to at least 1 write-in/support group function each week. I met a lot of great new people and got to share personal experiences and hear many personal experiences with writing and publishing. I feel like my future writing efforts outside of the month of November may have support and inspiration now. Keep the writing going, that is the hardest part.
Secondly, though I did not hit my word count goal, I think that the words that I did put to computer file are a hell of a lot better than the words that I put together last year. I did half the words, but I feel that the quality of those words and sentences is twice as good. I also wrote out some actual outlines and summaries of ideas for the story direction and character developments. So, once I finally get back to writing this book, I really have a great direction set up.
Lastly, my project this year will benefit leading up to publishing in that I wrote out a character bible of my main characters and a summary sheet of what my book is about and the themes I am pushing for.
So, though I didn’t win, I think I might actually get this book published. People are really excited about the idea of cannibals and unicorns in a modern world! Should be a blast. And you’ll have to read the book to learn if there are cannibal unicorns.