Every year in November there is an event known as National Novel Writing Month, or more commonly “NaNoWriMo” for short. The entire point of the event is to spend the month of November writing 50,000 words towards a brand new novel you’ve never worked on before. Anyone is welcome to participate in NaNoWriMo and a lot of really good books have come out of authors giving it a try. As a matter of fact, I’ve reviewed several books here on 20four12 that were originally written as NaNoWriMo projects.
As it happens, last year my wife decided to give NaNoWriMo another try for the first time in several years. When we first married we tried it once or twice as something to do together, but each time we fell by the wayside as school and work got in the way. This time though, she had a decent idea rolling around in her head and off we went to try again at the whole writing thing.
On my wide of things I only made it to 3,916 words before some very large projects hit my desk at the office and my time and attention was needed elsewhere. My wife however, managed to make it all the way to 15,443 words before the end of November rolled around. Granted, that’s not the entire 50,000 word goal for the event, but it was enough that she had a great start and over the next two or three months she kept going and wound up with a finished product she was ready to pass around to some folks for opinions and edits. Soon enough she had things ready to go and be formatted for use on a Kindle and loaded up into the Kindle Direct Publishing system on Amazon.
Not many people get to say they wrote a book from start to finish, but my wife is one of those people now. As an English major she knows her way around a sentence and she’s done a lot of other writing over the course of her life. Finishing a complete novel is something she’d always wanted to do and now she can cross that off the bucket list.
I certainly haven’t written a book despite how many of them I’ve read. Maybe that’s something I’ll be able to cross off my own bucket list at some point in the future.
Here are the pertinent details of my wife’s endeavor:
Title: Autocorrect Stays
Length: 157 pages
Cover Blurb: A high-strung writer named Nat Howell and a relaxed soul singer named Pat Cavanaugh meet at a child’s birthday party; the unlikely pair begin to expand each other’s horizons. Pat is intrigued by Nat’s quirky humor. And Nat is immersed in the warm company of Pat. A writer’s challenge is issued: they will write something and have it judged by a jury of their peers. The winner gets glory and a dinner date, although not necessarily with each other. Each goes on an unfamiliar path to churn out creative material. Who will be the victor and will the prize change with time?