What do I Get Out of NaNoWriMo?

J. C. Conway

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResNational Novel Writing Month is November. The idea is to pound out a 50,000-word novel during that 30-day span. Thousands of writers and aspiring writers participate in the event, including me. Each participant can tell you what they get out of it, and each answer might be different. For me, I get a first draft. Of the six years I’ve participated, each of those six first drafts still exist, and what has come of them varies, from book to book. One of them was polished and published. Another was polished (and polished) and is still looking for a publisher. One is darn near done. The second and third drafts fell apart on me at the end, and I’m now working on an ending that I think sings. Once that ending is done, I’ll be revising the rest of the draft. The two remaining first drafts are just first drafts, and…

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