It’s NaNoWriMo Preptime!

NaNoWriMo winner's certificate
My certificate for writing 50,000 words of a novel in November for the writing challenge called NaNoWriMo 2021.

It’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month. I’m on their email list and they’ve begun a six-week NaNoWriMo prep.

Last year was my first attempt at writing a rough draft of a novel during November. I did it!

But what I didn’t do was back up my manuscript. How or why? In any case, my laptop had a hardware issue and most of my files disappeared including my 50,000 word novel!

I called Apple and they tried for days to recover my files on icloud and my hard drive. No luck.

I’ve begun rewriting my novel and changed the point of view from one character to four characters alternating their stories. I’m at about 25,000 words. It’s added depth to the characters rather than viewing them from one perspective.

The emails from NaNoWriMo have motivated me to finish the manuscript. I’ll use their prep weeks to improve what I’ve written so far.

NaNoWriMo is giving me a second chance with this idea! I’m starting today. I don’t have to begin with a new idea. It’s just the push I need to complete this rough draft — again.

Have you tried the NaNoWriMo challenge?

Would you consider doing it this year with me?

33 thoughts on “It’s NaNoWriMo Preptime!

  1. I’ve started a new work that I think can be a novel, but I’m using Graeme Simsions book as a guide, so I’m not doing nano… but if you want to bounce ideas off each other I’m in. I’m also starting a writing class in a few weeks

  2. Best wishes to you on the re-write! I’ll be busy writing a nonfiction book for my publisher all winter. (Actually starting now.) I do hope to do nano some year. Maybe next!

  3. I have participated before. My one thing is:. I have already started writing a book. Would it be against the rules to copy what I have written at the beginning as part of the word count? Technically, it would be going from writing to typing. I might get free Internet in case I decide to participate so I can use my Laptop. I have forgotten how this all works.

  4. I always hear about NanoWriMo, but have not joined. I guess if I did it would make me more dedicated to writing, right. I have to look at the rules again. Thanks for reminding us about it. November is right around the corner.

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