What Agents Say About National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
For years I have heard about National Novel Writing Month and thought it might be something I would enjoy, but this is the first year I have researched the event. As I began considering participating, a million questions drilled into my brain seemingly all at once, so immediately I went to the National Novel Writing Month website for answers.
There I found great information about how NaNoWriMo started and the spirit of the event. Whether you have never written a novel before or have published works in the past, you are invited to be a part of the contest. The idea is that the event motivates you to write a novel (first draft anyway). You have to reach 50,000 words to be considered a winner.
Here is the breakdown of the rules directly taken from the How NaNoWriMo works page on their website:
What agents say about National Novel Writing Month:
Having gained the above understanding along with plenty of other good information on the NaNoWriMo website, I decided this could be a really great contest for me. Despite my excitement, I wondered if this event should simply be for fun, or if it would be something advantageous to my writing goals of publication. If after writing the novel for NaNoWriMo I were to decide I really like it and want to send it out to agents, would they want to know it was involved in NaNoWriMo? Fortunately, I follow a fantastic blog run by New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc., where the very generous agents answer writer’s questions of all kinds. Naturally, I took my quandaries to them.
So if you have found yourself in the same frame of thinking and would like to know exactly what agents think about NaNoWriMo, here is your answer:
I’ve been considering starting my next novel during NaNoWriMo and participating in the event. I realize the book would need more words than 50,000 and further editing after November . I’ve seen blogs mention agent’s dreading NaNoWriMo, but I’ve seen other sites suggesting NaNoWriMo isn’t a bad thing to have under a writer’s belt. So, what do you say about this? Even if I do it for fun, is it worth mentioning to an agent when the novel is polished or using the certificate on my author site?
NaNoWriMo is great. There’s a great support group and doing it with other writers can be great motivation, and if you really want to get out a first draft, that’s awesome.
If you are interested in participating, I do recommend you sign up as soon as possible and begin planning your project. If you are looking for a buddy during the event, add me 🙂 This is my username: emilyanng
My questions for you:
Do you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo and are you a first-timer like me? If you’re a veteran of the event, what memories, tips and resources can you share?
Keep Imagining Friends,