Wednesday, September 21, 2011

30 days and 30 nights.

Of Writing!

Bet you can’t guess what this post is about… come on… guess… Yep, NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month. November is almost upon us, and all over the world thousands of people are getting ready for literary madness.

Back in 2005 I did my first NaNo. Sometime soon that novel – heavily revised – is going to be published. I have a contract, that publisher has just had some delays. NaNo helped me get where I am today and I highly encourage anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel to give it a try.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a strange event where writers all over the world get together virtually and in person to write fifty thousand words in a month. The pace is grueling. 2000 words a day will get you done by Thanksgiving. 1667 words a day will get you done by the end of the month.

The core of success at NaNo is the write-ins. Believe it or not, it is very inspiring to sit around in a coffee shop, someone’s living room, etc, along with a bunch of other people and write. Many people use laptops. Some write by hand. One person in my local region even uses a good old-fashioned typewriter.

If you do decide to do NaNo then you should check out your local group and go to write ins. You can find more out at

I know it’s only September, but it’s almost October and that gives you all a whole month to prepare for the madness.

I’m in. Who’s with me?


Anonymous said...

I did camp nano, I'm tapped out. You go girl!!!!! WOOT! :)
Never heard of a write in, what a great idea!

Rebecca Royce said...

I have never been able to do it. Wonder if I could...

J.A. Campbell said...

Tammy, I think one NaNo a year is more than enough. LOL. It's a rough pace, but you kicked Camp NaNo's ass! Great job, again :)

Rebecca, you can!!!!


Seleste deLaney said...

I've done NaNo for... four years running (I think). Two of the four have been published. Last year's is in some editor hands now (we'll see how that works out), and the first one is shelved until I have time to re-do it LOL.

I'm planning on doing it again this year. Though if last years sells (specifically to one publisher) between now and then, I may be neck deep in edits. Then again, if it sells to them, I'll need to bust ass on book 2, so it'd just be a change from what I planned to write in November.

I guess that means one way or another, I'm in :)

Julie Particka

J.A. Campbell said...

YAY!!! And congrats on selling those novels!