The 2019 National Novel Writing Month event (affectionately called NaNoWriMo) has ended. Participants spend the thirty days in November writing a complete novel of at least 50,000 words. What an amazing time I had this year participating in this great writing event! They redesigned their website and changed some things around, but it’s the same helpful, fun folks running this world-wide event.
I wrote a crime fiction story again this year, ending with a word count of 60,323. Actually, I wrote the first draft of Book 2 in my detective series featuring Meshelle “Mickey” Stanislawsky. The story picks up about six months after she has wrapped up her first homicide investigation, as told in Book 1 titled Dirty Daniel. I enjoy using NaNoWriMo to write the first draft of my newest projects. For my “Mickey” series, I plan to end it with three books, then I’ll go back to writing my “standalone” novels featuring new characters and crimes.
NaNoWriMo is the perfect event for encouraging writers to send their internal editors on vacation for thirty days and just write the story. Getting your story written down, from beginning to end, without censoring yourself or engaging in critical thinking analysis while you write is the goal. NaNoWriMo provides a safe place to socialize with likeminded individuals, or give voice to your ideas, or just ask questions you may have about any subject one can think of, whether mainstream or taboo.
In addition to making writing fun, NaNoWriMo also has numerous sponsors who offer discounts to participants. These discounts cover a variety of goods and services, including writing software, writing courses, world building, memberships into writing communities, and even self-publishing opportunities. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for over ten years, so I already have most of the goods or services being offered, but it is a testament to the event itself that new sponsors are added each year.
For anyone who’s dreamed about writing a complete novel, I definitely recommend NaNoWriMo as a way to finally get it done, and have fun in the process!