By in Writing

Old NaNoWriMo Projects

I thought that my first bit of writing here would really be on poetry since that is what I write most, or on music since that is what I do for a living, but no. I decided to post about NaNoWriMo. For those who are not familiar with the NaNoWriMo project, the term "NaNoWriMo" is short for National Novel Writing Movement. Every year, on November 1, writers around the world sit down and start a novel. The goal is to have at least 50,000 words of it completed and submitted to verification by the end of November. In case you don't want to do the math, it breaks down to about 1700 or so words a day, everyday for the month of November.

I have participated three times and completed the project twice. The time I didn't finish, I still had about 35,000 words completed. I just found that I didn't like my characters. so I have three novels started. But for the most part, 50,000 words doesn't a novel make. So one of my goals for this , is to get my old Nano projects into publishable form.

How does that relate to my writing today? Well today, I picked up one of those projects and started in again. I am at 56,000 words and some change now. So I worked on that, taught a couple of lessons (I teach voice), and had a decent practice. I also wrote one piece of poetry today. And today, I made my way here to this writing site.

So maybe I will post again about the Nano projects as they go along. Anyone else out there with old NaNoWriMo projects waiting to be completed?

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015

Image Credit »

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


valmnz wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:02 PM

No NaNoWriMo projects but plenty of other unfinished ones! I pull them out from time to time but I think I've actually moved on from them

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:13 PM

I had never heard of it but it does sound interesting. Might check it out.

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:20 PM

I am hoping to make some headway! It is all too easy to get distracted!

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:25 PM

It is an intense but very interesting thing--I found that I really could just sit down and write--everyday--and that I didn't have to have my plot worked out--do it with friends--it is a lot easier!

CountryWine wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:32 PM

Oh, I am going to like you! Your poetry and music are the same loves that I have as well.

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 29, 2015, 9:52 PM

Oh good!! I love them both!!

BarbRad wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:48 PM

I have no talent for or interest in writing fiction. I think those two facts are related. It's unlikely I will ever participate in this project.

oneoveralpha wrote on January 29, 2015, 11:53 PM

I first heard of NaNoWriMo several years ago and I thought it a great idea, but I didn't want to wait most of a year before trying. So I tried it on my own in April. I ran into problems, got discouraged, had a family emergency, and ended up 47 or 48,000 words short. A real NaNoWriMo is on my list to do, someday.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 30, 2015, 1:12 AM

Uh-oh! My NaNo project didn't go very far. I got stuck. I would have completed a historical fiction.. If I had stayed on... You aren't very far from completing yours. I wish you get your novel-projects published very soon.

Glenn wrote on January 30, 2015, 8:13 AM

I think that was a good idea of yours, going back to an unfinished project and continuing with it to get it into publishable form. I spent years working on my book before publishing it. Instead of adding to it, I spend a lot of time reworking it over and over until I felt good about it. It wasn't a novel. It was a motivational topic. But I think the same rules apply. Sometimes it's best to perfect an unfinished project instead of expanding it.

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 30, 2015, 11:07 AM

Hi Barb! I didn't think I could do it, but was able to pour something out, but I had an interest in doing it--part of it is in wanting to give something back for all the books that I have read and enjoyed over the years!

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 30, 2015, 4:14 PM

Do it with friends if you can. I have found it really helps!

MaeLou wrote on January 31, 2015, 9:21 AM

Please read this post on how to do a proper image credit.

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 31, 2015, 11:52 AM

I thought I had done it correctly this time. But apparently not. I have deleted the image and will go back and read it again before I post another post with an image. Thank you!

AudreyHowitt wrote on January 31, 2015, 7:04 PM

Thank you AsADrievnLeaf!

PegCole17 wrote on February 1, 2015, 11:27 AM

Goodness, I thought fifty thousand words would make a decent sized novel. I'll have to check into the proper length as I'm hoping to publish mine this year.

j2jworkz wrote on February 3, 2015, 10:18 AM

That is very impressive you finished twice, it is a ton of work, but worth it.

allen0187 wrote on February 12, 2015, 12:24 AM

I have read and heard about this and I'm looking forward to joining this year's NaNoWriMo. Funny, I've always thought that the 'Mo' in NanoWriMo meant 'Month'. I guess I'm clueless. LOL!

xstitcher wrote on May 28, 2015, 9:18 PM

I have never done NaNoWriMo myself. As much as I like to write, I'm afraid I don't have the time to write a novel. ;p

FreyaYuki wrote on June 17, 2015, 3:12 AM

Good luck with your projects. Am also working on a number of stories at the moment. Didn't really join NaNoWriMo but am trying to write at least a few thousand words each day.

AudreyHowitt wrote on June 18, 2015, 5:44 PM

That is really wonderful! Keep it up!