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Not NaNo-ing for November?

In the writing world, the weeks leading up to the month of November are filled with excitement, rough outlines, and 'Eye of the Tiger' on repeat as many writers, aspiring and published, partake in the NaNoWriMo festivities. If you're unfamiliar with the term, check out the NaNoWriMo website here. In short, it's a frenzied month of pen on paper (or fingers on keys), where writers push for a goal of 50,000 words in one month.

Not something you're interested in trying this year? Why not try joining The Intern in NaNoReVisMo?

Brush the cobwebs off one of your first drafts that, for whatever reason, was lost in the abyss of WIPS and look at it with fresh eyes that have learned oh so much since you first tackled the story. Can't figure out why the story just wasn't working? Visit the blog for YA author of The Shifter, Janice Hardy. There's all kinds of goodies, like this post on rewrites, plus many more.

Maybe your novel just needs a little more polish to make it shine? Check out this amazing post about self-editing (and scarves) by Stephanie Perkins.

Stayed tuned throughout the month for more links with revision/edit tips!
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. I'm totally cheating with Nano by completing my WIP. I just need another 50K!

  2. Amna - I'm with you... I'm a total NaNoRebel this year (it's a real word, I swear!) and am finishing my WIP... I don't even think I need 50k AND I've given myself a November 15th deadline...

  3. That's a great idea, revising in one month! But poor agents...this will just add to the enormous deluge of queries they must get in December. ;)

  4. LOL. Janet Reid actually made a blog post where she states she doesn't receive more than the normal queries in December which I found surprising.

  5. I think I'll be spending the majority of November revising, so yay for this!

  6. It's probably because they always get a ton of queries mixed with the fact that a book written in one month just can't be all that stellar. (No offense implied to anyone doing NaNoWriMo as I do think its a great idea to keep yourself motivated and plow through)

  7. Yay! I'm not doing NaNo, because I have novels already in process that I want to complete before starting something new. But I do love the idea of NaNoReVisMo!

  8. I know, I'm like, three years late to this post, but I thought I would mention, for others who find this, that there is an official event for revising!
    It's called National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo and it happens every March! The goal is to edit 50 hours in one month. There is a cool store full of goodies, and a certificate you win at the end of the month! Check it out! It's a lot of fun!


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