Each November writers all over the world, both professional and aspiring authors, embark on a journey to reach 50,000 words by November 30th. The word count works out to roughly 1,667 words a day. It’s a marathon writing event. You must spit the words out on the page without second guessing yourself as there’s always time to edit after November. I’ve participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge for five years, and it’s always the best writing motivator. Today I’m chatting with three authors who completed the NaNoWriMo challenge and published their novels.
Donna Gephart: I did NaNoWriMo in 2009. I’d been struggling to come up with my next book when I’d read about NaNoWriMo online about two days before it was to begin. That didn’t give me a lot of time to prepare! I went to our local library and brainstormed ideas for two hours. About one minute before I was ready to leave, I came up with a title: Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. The day before NaNoWriMo, I figured out that if Olivia Bean (whoever she was) liked trivia, then she might like the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. From there I learned about Kids Week on Jeopardy! and knew that would be Olivia’s external quest. The internal quest was a little tougher. Turns out she needed to come to terms with who her father really was and why he left the family two years earlier.