Celebrate NaNoWriMo with Lulu

We’re obviously big fans of books here at Lulu and that makes November one of our favorite months. Why? Because it’s National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo.

For eleven years NaNoWriMo has brought together thousands of aspiring authors who share a passion for writing and creativity. Each November, more and more authors join in and take a no holds barred approach to pumping out a 50,000 word book in just 30 days. With such a limited time-frame for making a remarkable work, writers often surprise themselves with what they can accomplish and what creative ideas they can come up with – music to the folks at Lulu’s ears.

Some of us Lulus are even getting involved in the action. I am using this year’s NaNoWriMo to overcome a three-year case of writer’s block. Well, at least I’m trying to overcome a three-year case of writer’s block. So far I’ve spent several days staring at a blank screen hoping to channel Neruda, Hemmingway, Frost or Fitzgerald and then distracting myself with exciting things like laundry and grocery shopping.

Writing is much harder than anyone gives us literary types credit for, and I admire all of you Lulu creators for being able to have the self-discipline to write something and the confidence to put it out in the world.

NaNoWriMo is all about getting motivated. Any book written in 30 days probably won’t be a work of genius, but writing 50,000 words in one month is going to force you to write and take risks. You can edit, take out weak characters, and add sub-plots later. For now, just get writing!

My favorite high school English teacher told me once that writing is easy. You just write about yourself with the life you’ve always wanted. Change your name, give yourself an apartment in Paris and a love interest who got away. Find inspiration in everything and use the mannerisms of interesting strangers to write new characters. Combine it with the search for home, and you’ve got yourself a bestseller.

So, let’s do this together! We’ve got three weeks to write a book. It may not be your most remarkable work, but then again, maybe it will be. You don’t know till you try. And when you’re all done, I encourage you to publish your books on Lulu. What have you got to lose?

Feel free to add your NaNoWriMo experiences in the comments section below. We’d love to hear what you’re working on or any tips for NaNoWriMo survival and getting motivated?  Come on NaNoWriMo veterans, I know you’re out there.

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6 Comments

  1. Get into the writing groups in your area! I’ve never done NaNo the traditional way, as I’ve always had a book that was good enough to care what I write the first time, but I’ve always used the month to make sure I write! Those groups give you set time to write, and others doing the same. It really helps keep you in check.

    A secondary tip, to save time, is burn a scented candle when you write your story. The scent will trigger your memory of your characters and get you back into the groove faster!

  2. I’m participating in this year’s Nanowrimo! I am writing a Novel called the Curse of Anna Greene. The Curse of Anna Greene is the story of Anastasia Emeraud Odelina Greene–a 12th Century witch, a product of rape. Given away by her mother at birth, Anna Greene is raised by her father, a powerful Warlock who raped and sodomized her mother and is accused of kidnapping and murdering an infant child and his mother. The story is told in Flashbacks that spans a period of forty years; twenty years into the past as the identity of Anna’s father is slowly revealed, twenty years after when her Father raped and sodomized her mother, and continues towards the beginning of the thirteenth century.

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/656194

  3. I wrote my first novel with NaNoWriMo last year and now it’s for sale on Lulu… :) I have to say that putting down almost 2k words per day is pretty hard work some days but the reward is amazing… everyone should give it a go at least once in their life.

  4. I’ve always been a big believe in the flow of a story. When writing without time constraints, I often find that writer’s block is merely a sign that I lost the flow and need to backtrack. When I have a good grasp of the flow, the story flows naturally. When I have a poor grasp of the flow, it feels forced. My advice would be to trust your instincts; if you feel that something you just wrote isn’t working, then scrap what you need to and try again. You’ll get there eventually.

  5. 28,000 people can’t be wrong thats what I say. If it flows for the reader it usually sells well. Someone here told me you wont make allot of friends pulishing at LuLu but you will make sales. I am not sure who that was but I disagree.

    If you have something worth saying the sales will come its just a matter of time.

    This sounds like a great project. I take intellectual theft seriously.

  6. I agree with the notion that inspiration is the key to writing.When I suffer from writers-block it is,more than often, due to lack of inspiration.When this happens I read some of my old material and I remember why I started writing to begin with – To touch the world.

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