Blogger: Rachel Kent
Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month? November is NaNoWriMo and I know many of you are using this month to quickly write a book or get a head start on a project. It’s already Day 3! It looks like most of my Facebook friends who are participating are off to a good start–writing 5,000 words in a morning sounds impressive, anyway. 🙂
Here are a few things that are important to remember about writing a project for NaNoWriMo:
Keep in mind that a NaNoWriMo novel is only 50,000 words long. If this is the goal you set for the month your novel will be a shorter length than most publishing houses accept. 55,000 words is usually the shortest accepted length for a novel–and that is for a house like Harlequin where they publish short romances. If you write a 50,000 word novel in November for NaNoWriMo, you can revise and expand it in December, but during your plotting you might want to plan an extra plot thread that can be expanded during revisions.
If you would like to write a novel that is a length that many traditional houses will consider, do a little research about word count for your genre, but you should be working toward approximately 90,000 words. If this is what you are planning, make sure your plot is detailed enough and plan to write half of a novel during NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in a month is incredible and if you continue at the same pace for another month you can have a full-length novel by the end of two months.
Be sure to plan some time for revisions and to have your critique partners review your novel before submitting it to agents or editors. I’ve seen NaNoWriMo submissions that have interesting plots, but I can tell the authors got swept away in the excitement of finishing a book and sent the projects too soon.
Enjoy the experience! NaNoWriMo is fun because of the sense of community. Join up and keep in touch with other writers for encouragement.
How many NaNoWriMo words have you written so far?
Are you participating for the first time? How many times have you done NaNoWriMo successfully?
If you’ve participated before, do you have advice for the new writers?