How to Write a Novel in 30 Days (or the First Draft, at least!)

Just staring at the number – 70,000 – astounds me. How did I manage to write that many words in 30 days?

One word. Nanowrimo. I honestly couldn’t have done it without the framework built by Nanowrimo (See: Eight things I love about Nanowrimo). It is an annual gathering of professional and first-time novelists every November with the aim of writing at least 50,000 words in a month (the view being ‘The Great Gatsby’ is around the 50,000 word mark, for example).

But how. How? There were a few things I did specifically for the project to get the novel over the line. Here they are:
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Eight reasons to love Nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It started in the U.S. but was such a great idea it was adopted globally. The goal is to write the first draft of your novel by writing at least 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s at least 1,677 words a day.

Sounds pretty tough but there are many reasons why Nanowrimo succeeded where others have failed. Here are eight:
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