What’s the point of participating in National Novel Writing Month? There are a few people out there that think NaNoWriMo isn’t right for them because they think if they force themselves to write 50,000 words in one month it won’t be good, and this may be true, but this could be said for any first draft of a novel. It’s not going to come out good, but it will get you started. NaNoWriMo is a huge community of writers coming together to help motivate each other. During the month of November, you learn how to get yourself into the habit of writing every day. If at the end of the month, it’s not too good, that’s fine. You can fix that in draft two. Don’t believe me? Well, check out some of these New York Times Bestselling authors that wrote their novels during NaNoWriMo.
Did you know Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling novel, Fangirl, was written during NaNoWriMo in 2012?
“I wrote about 50,000 words that month and then kept writing until January, ending up with about 110,000. I revised heavily for my second draft, which I finished in April. All my initial character work and dialogue was strong, but I had to make some pretty significant structural changes. That’s something that was hard for me to do when I was in the thick of NaNo—herd the plot along.” Check out Rainbow’s full interview on Goodreads.
All three of Marissa Meyer’s books in the Lunar Chronicles was written during NaNoWriMo. In one year! That’s right, Marissa puts us all to shame when she wrote 150,011 words in November of 2008 in an attempt to win a contest to be an extra on Star Trek. Talk about dedication! Here’s what she had to say in an interview with the NaNoWriMo blog:
“Cinder came in at around 70,000 words, the second novel (Scarlet) was right around 50,000, and then I’d gotten 30,000 haphazard words into Cress. However, all three of those novels have had to be completely scrapped and started over from scratch during revisions—which is just fine by me. I may not produce anything of quality during NaNoWriMo, but I always come away with a great roadmap.” Check out the full interview.
Two great writers, both of which had very different experiences when it came to NaNoWriMo and they aren’t the only ones who have written bestsellers during NaNo. Here’s a few others:
- Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
- Wool, by Hugh Howey
- The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough
Visit the NaNo website for a full list of novels that have been written during NaNoWriMo and were later published!
Last year’s NaNoWriMo had 384,126 participants. Are you going to be a part of it in 2017?