NaNoWriMo is Over! What’s Next?

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Did you participate in NaNoWriMo in November? If so, you’re not alone. According to the official NaNoWriMo website, in 2022 (the last year for which stats are available), 413,295 writers participated in the program that year. That’s a lot of novel writing!

What is NaNoWriMo? Begun in 1999 by a handful of New York City-based writers, National Novel Writing Month, often shortened to NaNoWriMo and generally pronounced “nan-no-RYE-moe,” is a commitment to write a 50,000-word draft of a novel during the month of November. Now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, NaNoWriMo offers community, challenge, and competition to inspire writers of all abilities and in all genres.

For writers in some genres, 50,000 words is close to a completed novel. For others, it’s a bare-bones start to a longer work. Either way, completing the challenge means NaNoWriMo participants put an average of over 1,600 words on the page every single day during the month of November.

Perhaps you were one of these writers. If so, hats off to you! Writing a novel requires discipline, focus, and the ability to power through the all-too-frequent moments of doubt that every writer experiences. It’s something to be celebrated!

But for some aspiring novelists, there’s an underside to the NaNoWriMo challenge: What if you discovered that while you love your story idea, you don’t particularly love writing?

First, take heart. This happens more often than you’d think. The reality is, being passionate about a story idea does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with completing a novel based on that idea. If participating in NaNoWriMo showed you that novel writing might not be the right fit for you, you’re in good company. The same thing happens to many, many people who are great at coming up with story ideas but don’t have the time and/or skills to turn those ideas into a full-fledged novel.

So, what can you do? In this scenario, a professional ghostwriter can help. The ghostwriter will discuss the project with you and review your draft (regardless of how many pages you’ve written). Subsequent, in-depth interviews will take place, designed to ensure that the completed novel fits your vision. The ghostwriter will then outline the novel from start to finish. Next, using a voice and tone that you and the ghostwriter determine together is the best fit for the novel, the ghostwriter will complete your novel chapter-by-chapter, providing the chapters to you for review and input. Before long, the completed novel you dreamed of, with your name on the cover, will be in your hands.

NaNoWriMo is, above all else, a process of discovering who you are—as a person, a creative, and someone with a story to tell. Astute storytellers, whether they write their own books or use a ghostwriter, recognize that the most important thing is that the story be told in the best manner possible. If your NaNoWriMo experience has demonstrated that having your novel ghostwritten could be the way to go, then let’s talk. We’d love to help get your novel to the finish line and out into the world!