Still on the fence about whether to do NaNoWriMo? Here’s a look at 5 popular books that began as NaNoWriMo drafts, to help you decide whether it’s worth it. (My two cents: It is!)
1. Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus
2. Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants
3. Hugh Howey’s Wool
4. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder
5. Jason M. Hough’s The Darwin Elevator
The main NaNoWriMo site lists a bunch of other traditionally-published and self-published books.
If you started today, you’d need to write at least 2380 words a day to reach the 50,000 word mark. That’s a hefty amount, but one way to get your mind around that is to time yourself writing for fifteen minutes…multiply by four…figure out how many hours you’d be signing up for to reach 2400 words per day.
As an example, I type fiction at about 900 words an hour so I’d be signing up for two to three hours a day, if I started today. Even if you do about 600 words an hour that’s four hours. Many authors split it up (one in the morning before work, one at lunch break, two in the evening, for example). My point is, it is still doable! Drafts don’t have to be stunning…they can be a hot mess!
However, I don’t usually type my fiction drafts anymore. I dictate now for many reasons, the primary ones being speed and mobility. Doing that, I’ve doubled to tripled my hourly word count such that, 10 days into NaNoWriMo, I’ve got 36,000 words done, working just 3 hours a day on it. Yes, there is a learning curve to dictation but it’s something to think about!
I’ve written a book on the subject and through the end of the day you can still sign up for a free copy: Free Tools for Writers. After that, find it on Amazon. Happy writing!