What Is NaNoWriMo Really About?

Guess what. November is just around the corner, which means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is, too. The goal to NaNoWriMo is to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Let’s define complete, shall we?

-Will this novel be polished? No.
-Will this be a first draft? Yes.
-Will you scrap the whole thing? Maybe.
-Will the novel be ready to submit to agents or self-publish? NO, NO, NO, and HELL NO.

I’m sure agents cringe around the beginning of December, because they know what will fill their inboxes. A lot of unpolished, unedited, should-never-see-the-light-of-day manuscripts. The poor dears. I feel for them. I really do.

The problem is writers don’t always realize that while it’s a great accomplishment to complete a novel (not everyone can), it doesn’t mean the novel is publishable. I know, right? Crazy talk!

Seriously, though. The point of NaNoWriMo is to motivate you to write a good chunk every day. It’s like a writing sprint on steroids. This is a good thing. It gets you into a habit of writing on a daily basis, which means your mind prepares itself for that special time every day. As you progress through the month, you’ll find that writing, for the most part, will get easier. And that can sometimes be confused with good writing. Ah, no. It’s still a first draft. You’ll have to revise, rewrite, edit, and polish the manuscript when NaNoWriMo is over. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But, hey. You can do it. If not, I know a nice editor who can help you out. *waves*

Are you going to join in the fun and complete a novel in a month?

If you need a developmental editor, I have a special offer on my last 2014 slot: December 15. Book it now and save $100. I’m also available for copyediting. E-mail me at: labelle@labelleseditorialservices (dot) com.

Lynnette Labelle

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