This November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a rigorous challenge where writers from all over the world come together with the goal of completing a 50,000-word novel in a month.
That's right, it's no typo: 50,000 words -- a total of 200 typed pages in slightly more than four weeks.
I’m proud to tell you, I completed the challenge.
Woot! Huzzah! And Hooray. I’m a NaNoWriMo "winner," which basically means each day in November I strung together almost 1,700 words or 7 pages of double-spaced copy to add to a Rough Draft -- the bare bones of a fictional story, which, I tell myself, holds the promise of becoming something awesome, perhaps even a best-seller given a bit of rewriting, editing and polish.
Which brings up the question: Could my novel or any of the NaNoWriMo novels actually get published?
The answer is YES, absolutely. Here are 13 participants who have tasted that success:
1. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes— Persistence of Memory (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008). Contact: randomhouse.com/features/atwaterrhodes
4. Kathy Cano-Murillo— Love Shine (Grand Central Publishing, 2007) Contact: CraftyChica.com
5 Lisa Daily— The
(Plume/Penguin Putnam, 2008). Contact: stopgettingdumped.com Dreamgirl Academy
6. Delphine Dryden— Snow Job (Ellora’s Cave, 2008), When in Rio (Ellora’s Cave, 2008), How to Tell a Lie (Ellora’s Cave, 2009). Contact: delphinedryden.com
8. Sara Gruen— Flying Changes (HarperCollins, 2005), Water for Elephants (Algonquin, 2007) and Ape House (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). Contact: saragruen.com
9. Kimberly Llewellyn—
( Berkley Books,
2007). Contact: kimberlyllewellyn.com
11. Lani Diane Rich— Time Off for Good Behavior (Warner Books, 2004), Maybe Baby (Warner Books, 2005), and Wish You Were Here (Warner Books, 2008). Contact: lanidianerich.com
12. Vanitha Sankaran— Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages (
Avon A, 2010). Contact: vanithasankaran.com
I’m only listing 13, but you can find more at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/publishedwrimos.
And if you participated in National Novel Writing Month, I’d like to congratulate you! Fifty thousand words in just four weeks is a lot and making a daily commitment to writing pages isn’t easy. Kudos for stretching, for trying something brave and adding something new to your daily routine.
I’m with you and I wish you much success.Did you pick up the Nanowrimo gauntlet? Did you take up another challenge? I’d love to hear from you. Please share.