The NanoWrimo Experience

New_Camera_Dec_2012 002Before 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 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.

About dhunterphillips

Visit my Facebook Fan Page to connect: While not working as a GeoInt Analyst in the Washington DC metro area, D. Hunter Phillips enjoys a life-long love of sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, and a great many other nerdy things that he explores through writing and games. D. Hunter regularly writes board game reviews at Through his writing, D. Hunter hopes to inspire and speculate on the future and the past. He seeks deeper meanings within pulp genres of fantasy and sci-fi. D. Hunter enjoys the tales of John Ringo and Charles Stross. D. Hunter's readings lead him in a never ending cycle of sci-fi, history, physics, and psychology. D. Hunter enjoys going to DC area Goth clubs and seeing some of his favorite bands, such as VNV Nation. He also loves his home life with his partner in crime and several pets.
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1 Response to The NanoWrimo Experience

  1. minisculegiants says:

    I believe any progress is success. It sounds like you’ve had a lot of that! Best wishes!

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