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Now That You’ve Survived NaNoWriMo

Today’s guest post is by Victor Salinas:

If you participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you’ve spent the last month grueling over your new manuscript. For thirty days you’ve slaved away at your keyboard, madly typing, and at last, you’ve got it!

A new story is born. But it still has a long way to go.

What else does your story need to mature into its finished form?

For those you that didn’t participate in National Novel Writing Month, these same steps will help you finish any manuscript before submitting it to an agent or publisher for publication.

Step One: The First (and Sobering) Review

For some, December 1 is a lot like a hangover. It’s the day after a long binge of gut-wrenching indulgence. It’s the first respite after a month-long marathon of clacking keys and gallons of coffee.

Buried within your computer files or under that stack of hand-scrawled notebooks is your baby. It’s your pride and joy. Your gem. But I’m going to be frank with you—it ain’t pretty. Your baby is most likely a hideous mess. And I mean that in as kind a way as possible. Continue Reading…

The Glorious Insanity That Is NaNoWriMo

Today’s post is by H. E. James:


For the last seven years, from this month through November, I’ve been asked that question by friends and family not in the know. I then go on to explain the pleasure and the pain that is National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit established in 1999 to foster creativity and writing in both adults and youth. NaNoWriMo has been so successful that it has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

I haven’t been so lucky, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying, even while pursuing my MBA. I have signed up for NaNoWriMo for seven years running and have “won” it once—my very first year.

To “win” NaNoWriMo, you must complete 50,000 words within the thirty days of November. Of course, because it is an online activity, we are all on the honor system, but participants are encouraged to only brainstorm, outline, or create notes for their novels before midnight on Halloween. Then, the writing can begin. Continue Reading…

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