Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo with bookI have participated in NaNoWriMo for the past several years. I succeeded in creating first drafts of four novels. After months of revisions, two of them are in a drawer waiting for an unknown audience, one is being posted on this site (see Hada’s Fog in the menu above,) and one I’m working with the second draft.

Having time to write 50,000 words in a month might seem daunting, but if the word count is broken down, it’s about 1600 words a day. Manageable, right? Remember you are not stopping to revise. It’s like free writing only you are following your plot or maybe your characters are dictating to you. Send your inner critic to the Bahamas, it can return on December 1st. Here are some stats from http://www.pressdemocrat.com/


– The first official year of NaNoWriMo was in 2000, when the event had an actual website.
– By 2001, 5000 people signed up.
– In 2014, 175,002 people signed up, and 40,325 crossed the finish line with 50K.

So why was 50,000 words the magic number? This seemed like a difficult, yet not impossible amount of words, and the length makes it a short novel, about 175 pages.

Other novels that are 50K:
– “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
– “Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck
– “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury
– “The Notebook,” by Nicholas Sparks

Several bestselling novels that were first written during NaNoWriMo:
– “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen
– “The Night Circus,” by Erin Morgenstern
– “Wool,” by Hugh Howey
– “Cinder,” by Marissa Meyer

NaNoWriMo shield and spelled outNano over a typewriter Try it, you might like it.




  1. I’m committing today! I had coffee with George yesterday and told him I was going to try NaNoWritMo and he was very supportive and told me to “go for it”. My grandfather typed the history of his parents migration by boat from France to Canada and then to Michigan. And about his perspective of his life. I have my mother’s copy and it has been packed away after my mom’s passing. I have a temperament much like my grandmother and since they divorced when my mother was 9, our relationship was distant. Receiving one side of a story, I decided it was time to know my grandfather from his perspective. Hopefully that will happened after 50,000 words.

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