It’s that time of year…time to prepare of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where millions of writers across the globe set out to write a 50,000 word novel during November. In anticipation of the challenge, they plan in October.
Some writers believe NaNoWriMo is a gimmick that promotes poor writing. I can spend a whole other blog post questioning why writing more words more often is automatically considered “poor writing.” Instead, I’ll share my thoughts that NaNoWriMo is a great way for a would-be or struggling writer to jump-start new writing habits and to start and finish a book.
Many NaNoWriMo participants have parlayed their 50,000 words, after lots of editing, into a published work, including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.
It sounds daunting to write 50,000 words in 30 days, particularly in the middle of the holiday seasons, but it can be done and I want to help you.
FREE Preptober and Writevember Romance Writing Challenge
For many years, it took me forever to write a book. I was successful a few times at NaNoWriMo, but it wasn’t until I became a ghost writer that I really learned the tips, tricks, hacks and tools to writing regularly and finishing books within weeks instead of in months or years. I want to share these strategies with you during Preptober and Writevember Romance Writing Challenge
The goal of the Preptober and Writevember is two-fold:
- Plan a novel (October)
- Write a novel (November)
The challenge starts October 1st, and each day in October, you’ll get an email with information, tips, and homework to plan your romance novel. Most lessons won’t take very long. Others might take an hour. Of course, finding time will be one of the topics covered so that when November comes, you have the time and organized ideas to write 1,667 words in an hour or 90 minutes.
You’ll continue to get a daily email in November with additional tips, inspiration, and pacing cues to help you stay on track.
Along with daily emails, there will be weekly Zoom meetings to recap the week’s goals, ask questions, and get support. In November, the Zoom calls will include writing sprints.
Participants can connect between calls by joining the private Romance Writing Challenge group here at Write with Harte. If you haven’t joined Write with Harte, it is free, and gives you access to a variety of tools, as well as the ability to take part in groups and forums.
Don’t wait, join now! Learn more and sign up for free here: Preptober and Writevember Romance Writing Challenge