What Agents Say About National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
What are some benefits of NaNoWriMo participation?
Curious about the NaNoWriMo process?
- Develop your novel concept (you can outline as well)
- Earn badges by connecting with other participants and building your profile
- Get inspired and plan motivational benchmarks
- Start writing (as of November 1st, you can get going on your word count)
- When you’re finished writing, click on the trophy next to your word count to begin validating your novel
What agents say about National Novel Writing Month:
When I first considered participating, 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?
query it immediately. As long as you’re revising and incorporating feedback from crit partners and then polishing up you have nothing to fear.
However, thousands of people do NaNo, it’s not necessarily something to put in your query. (You can
however, totally put their certificate on your site).
My questions for you:Do you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo? If you’re a veteran of the event, what memories, tips and resources can you share?