If you’ve been following this blog, you know how much I love NaNoWriMo. I participated for the first time in 2009, and I’ve “won” every year since. (Winning is an odd thing to call the completion of the event, unless you’ve been through it. And then you understand how very much surviving this month deserves to be called a “win”).
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a 50,000+ word novel in the month of November. It’s brutal and intensely rewarding. Three of my novels were written during NaNo (Half Way Home, The Hurricane, and Third Shift). In 2012, I used NaNo to write Wools 2, 3, and 4.
This past November, I heard from Grant Faulkner, who runs the entire shebang. He had heard that Wool was written during a NaNo, and I filled him in with the details. He then asked if I would write a blog for NaNo 2012. I was more than delighted. Once he read what I wrote, he realized the blog entry wasn’t nearly good enough to run during NaNo, but maybe he could publish it in February when nobody was looking. I was even more delighted!
Okay, that’s not really how it went. Grant had this awesome self-publishing/NaNo Webinar in mind and wanted to release my blog article to coincide with the event. Sarra Cannon, an indie superstar who has sold over 100,000 books in the past year, recently posted this excellent bit on self-publishing. She and I will be joined on the Webinar by Amanda Wilson from CreateSpace and Grant Faulkner himself. The Webinar is this Monday at 8PM EST. You can register right here. It’s gonna be awesome. And your donations go to support an incredible event for young writers.