Have you ever participated in national novel writing month? Nanowrimo

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  1. Relationshipc profile image88
    Relationshipcposted 5 years ago

    Have you ever participated in national novel writing month? Nanowrimo

    Just wondering if you have participated and what your experience was like.

    Did you finish? If you did, was your book published?

    Did it make a difference to your goals or future writing?

    How was your overall experience whether you finished or didn't finish?

  2. CroftRoan profile image80
    CroftRoanposted 5 years ago

    I had participated in 2010 and 2011 then took a two year hiatus. My first year I sort of lagged and didn't finish. The second, I finished the manuscript but not the 50,000 words. This year I'm writing an anthology about a character I've been working on for years. In all of my experience with NaNo WriMo, none of it was bad. I enjoyed the challenge and the constant reminders that the staff and your personal supporters give you. They also give you a ton of help with the writing itself (character development, pacing, dos and don'ts) in their emails and on their site.
    Mind, it's not for everyone and has its fair share of critics but if you're willing to give it a try then go for it.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck this year! What happened to your manuscript that you finished?

  3. Stuartaken profile image60
    Stuartakenposted 5 years ago

    I took part in 2011 and exceeded the necessary count by quite a margin. It turned out that that particular novel had a flaw that was incapable of repair, so I abandoned it.
    I'm participating this year and have so far managed to exceed my target of 3,500 words a day. I'm using it as motivation to complete the 3rd volume of a fantasy trilogy, as the 1st volume is due to be published later this year.
    I've found the experience useful as a motivational trigger. The whole writing experience has been positive and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone,  especially if they have difficulty motivating themselves to actually complete a work.
    I have a published novel, a sci-fi novelette and several anthologies of short stories under my belt, so I'm not inexperienced. Have a go.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was viewing it as a motivation tool as well. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  4. Jlbowden profile image89
    Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago

    I had been personally working on a full-length non-fictional novel, and had considered participating in national writers month.  More of a tool for introducing & getting feedback on my book.  But I figured what is the sense of it, if I can't find enough time right here in the hubpages community to participate in certain events.  Like the 30 hubs in 30 day challenges. 

    This is my thoughts on national writers month right now.  As negative as it may seem.  I am suffering from basic motivational block right now and not writers block!  So I have to start off slow once I find my niche So to speak.  Before I tackle bigger & better things, and national writers month, being one of those future goals.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sure a lot of people would relate to you. smile

  5. Kevina Oyatedor profile image66
    Kevina Oyatedorposted 5 years ago

    I am doing it this year and I am excited to write my novel. I hope I can make to 50,000 words by the end of November.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck!

  6. Blond Logic profile image96
    Blond Logicposted 5 years ago

    I have signed up but I think I am missing something to be honest. I am turned off by the constant request for donations.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good point. They even display whether you have donated or not on your profile. I'm assuming to show everyone else whether or not you have.

    2. Pamela N Red profile image87
      Pamela N Redposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Blond, you can turn off email notifications. Donations is the only way they stay in business since they don't use ads like many other sites. I give to them every year and feel it is a worthy cause.

    3. Stuartaken profile image60
      Stuartakenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Donations can be tiny ($5) and they go to a good cause and help support the site that offers this fabulous tool for writers. But, of course, they're voluntary, so you can easily ignore them.

  7. Pamela N Red profile image87
    Pamela N Redposted 5 years ago

    Yes, and I was successful in finishing four times. I didn't participate this year because I have 4 novels I need to edit and publish before starting anything new. (Two of these novels are NaNo novels.)

    Many famous authors participate in the NaNoWriMo every year including Stephen King. They use aliases so you won't be able to find them there. They say it helps them to reach a goal and get the words down.

    1. Relationshipc profile image88
      Relationshipcposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Really? That's super awesome! Both about your novels and about the famous authors. smile

 
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