50,176 words in one month. Thirty days! That’s the good news, fellow writers and loyal readers.
The opportunity for learning and growing news (read ‘pain’) is summed up in a quote from Holly Black “I liken revising to cleaning the bathroom: at least I can’t make it worse.”
My conundrum is do I edit last year’s novel which I have barely touched, or do I go with the momentum of this year and tweak this one first? And, no, editing neither is NOT an option this year. It is terrifying how quickly November came around again.
The old adage is true, whether you write (or edit) or not the days will still turn into nights which, in turn become days and so on.
There are some marvelously inspirational words from the pep talk authors on the NaNo website. And also, I am going to borrow the list of the resources for writing contests throughout the year and post it below. It is by no means inclusive of all the opportunities out there, but it is a terrific place to start and there may be a few more here.
And, while you’re cleaning (for the first time in a month perhaps – what happens at NaNo stays at NaNo — unless it gets published!), you may want to check out my favorite inspirational, organizational guru here and while you’re reading her site you can be smelling a meal cooking in the crockpot from her other site!
How are you going to approach your editing phase?
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NaNoWriMo-style events (from NaNo’s site)
There are also heaps of events run by other people to provide some structure and community for your post-NaNo endeavors. We’re not affiliated with any of these (except Script Frenzy), but all of these events are free and open to everyone. If you know of any other sites or events we should be posting here, drop us a line!
NaNoFiMo.org – National Novel Finishing Month (December). Goal: 30,000 words.
De-PlotWriMo – Plot Writing Month (December). Goal: Refine the plot arc of your first draft.
WriYe – (Year-Round). Goal: Set a word-count goal for the year and work towards it between January 1 and December 31.
JanNoWriMo – Goal: Write either 50k or your own word-count goal in January.
FAWM – February Album Writing Month (February). Goal: Write 14 original songs in a month.
NaNoEdMo – National Novel Editing Month (March). Goal: Commit to 50 hours of novel editing.
Script Frenzy – NaNoWriMo’s sister challenge (April). Goal: Write a 100-page screenplay or stage play in April.
RePoWriMo – Refrigerator Poetry Writing Month (April). Goal: Write poetry using only refrigerator poetry magnets.
National Picture Book Writing Week – (First week of May). Goal: Write 7 picture books in 7 days.
NEPMo – National Epic Poetry Month (May). Goal: Write 5,000 lines epic poem in May.
SoFoBoMo – Solo Photo Book Month (Between May first and June 31). Goal: Create a solo photo book within 31 days.
WriDaNoJu – Write a Damn Novel in June (June). Goal: Write 50K in the 30 days of June. It’s perfectly situated six months from November so you have optimum time to prepare for WriDaNoJu and NaNoWriMo.
SoCNoC – Southern Cross Novel Challenge (June). Goal: Write 50,000 words of fiction.
JulNoWriMo – July Novel Writing Month (July). Goal: 50,000 words for a new or unfinished manuscript.
24 Hour Comics Day – (Changes annually, lasts 24 hours). Goal: Draw a 24-page comic in one 24-hour period.
48 Hour Film Project – (Varies; operates via tours around the USA, lasts 48 hours). Goal: Create a short film in 48 hours.
April Fool’s – (April). Goal: Set a word-count goal for yourself and fulfill it by the end of the month.
AugNoWriMo – August Novel Writing Month (August). Goal: Write a novel in one month.
3-Day Novel Contest – (September). Goal: Write a novel in three days. They’ve been doing this since 1977. So cool!
SeptNoWriMo – September Novel Writing Month (September). Goal: Set a word-count goal and edit, write, or edit and write throughout the month of September!
GothNoWriMo – Gothic Novel Writing Month (October). Goal: Write a gothic novel in October.
NaPlWriMo – National Playwriting Month (November). Goal: Write a play in one month.
PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month (November). Goal: Write 30 ideas in 30 days.
NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month (Year-Round). Goal: Post every day for a month.