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NaNoWriMo: Join the Virtual Party!

Hey fellow NaNo winners: have you started celebrating yet? I have. On Tuesday night, I went to a Brandi Carlile concert. On Wednesday, I took the morning off to see the Impressionism exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I’d hoped to have a party to commemorate this year’s NaNoWriMo win—or at least attend one of our local celebration events. But I need to finish an editing project by Monday and attend meetings all day Thursday and Friday—so I am planning to celebrate virtually. Will you join me?

Our virtual party runs through Tuesday at midnight. I’m giving away some fabulous and fun prizes:

1. Email Coaching: You had all of us to help you get through NaNoWriMo–one lucky winner will receive a Six-Session Email Coaching Package (value $150) to help him or her stay accountable during the revision process. The winner will receive a 30-minute coaching call and six encouraging emails.

2. A book: Now that you have finished your book, you’ll need some help and encouragement to revise it and, of course, start the next one. You can do all of that and more with a signed copy of Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It).

3. Journals. Two of you will win one of these nifty journals for jotting down brilliant ideas for next year’s NanoWriMo project.

4. A beautiful tiara. Sometimes the writing flows better when you are wearing a crown. At least that’s what I’ve heard! Though this red sparkly tiara is made out of plastic, it contains some mighty magical powers!

5. A “All who wander are not lost” bumper sticker.


Pretty great prizes, eh? Each of the following actions will get you an entry into the contest. And yeah, go ahead and do all three!

1. Post your final word count here so we can toast your win with some virtual bubbly! (And let us know how you are celebrating.)

2. Tweet this post with the hashtag #writeathon

3. Follow this blog.

You may enter through Tuesday, December 6 at midnight. On Wednesday I will have the drawing and announce a winner.

And to all of you who participated in National Novel Writing Month, let me just say: you’ve already won! Anyone who takes time to do what they are passionate about is a winner.

27 Responses

  1. I reached 50,072 this year! I’m celebrating with a drink with my fellow nano’ers at my RWA chapter meeting this weekend. Congrats to all who attempted, whether you won or not!

  2. I came away with 58,741 words this year! I am celebrating by finishing the story and catching up on the computer gaming reading I missed out on in November.

    1. writenowcoach

      Wow–58,741 words! Congrats! Love the celebration you have planned! I bought myself a new iPad game to celebrate with–so you are not alone!

  3. Jayrod

    50,504 words. It was my first NaNo and I finished by the 25th. I could have been faster had I been able to write everyday. But it was good to finish what I did get through as fast as I did! Now to find other writing communities online I can get involved in.

    1. writenowcoach

      Jayrod, that is awesome that you finished so fast. Congrats. Twitter is a great place to meet writing folks. Try the hashtag #amwriting (and the corresponding site).

  4. This was my first NaNoWriMo attempt and I won! My final word count was 50,176 words. But here’s the thing…. my novel isn’t done! I still have at least two, maybe three chapters to go. I hope hope hope I can stick it out a bit longer and just complete that first draft so I can really get into editing.

    1. writenowcoach

      Congrats, Meg, on finishing your first NaNo! My book is not done either–I think that is pretty typical. Good luck with the editing!

  5. J

    It was my first year trying NaNoWriMo and I won with a final November word count of 66,733! I’m very excited and am looking forward to trying again next year. Now just to finish the story, since I skipped a few scenes to get to the end.

    Congratulations all!

  6. renee maynes

    I finished 50,105 words on Monday. Celebrated my finish with a good meal and downloaded a good book to read on my kindle.

  7. My first NaNoWriMo and I accomplished my goal with 50,114 words. Now on to the editing process and ultimate goal of being published. Congratulations to all who participated!

  8. Sally brower

    I got to 43,965 but together my son and I wrote over
    80,000 and we have nine topics still to write on. I am at awakening soul conference doing some artwork to celebrate.

  9. Lia

    I finished this year! My total wordcount was 57,619, though the story itself has so many errors I got a message saying, “There are too many grammatical errors. Microsoft Word cannot display them all.”

    So, January (my official, unofficial editing month) ought to be fun.

    Good story or not, I’ll be celebrating with a bit of Netflix and chocolate cake. 😀

  10. This is also my first NANO experience and I loved it! I was out of town for work and family for 14 days in November and got sick over Thanksgiving, but loved the discipline and the deadline. I turned in 60,125 words on November 30 and uhm, haven’t written too many words since. But I’m back in town and will be back in the saddle tomorrow, and am jazzed to keep writing. I likely have 30,000 more words to go. Thanks, Rochelle, for you excellent coaching!

    1. writenowcoach

      Wow, Jane! That is an amazing amount of words. Were you able to write while you were out of town? Looking forward to hearing how the continued writing goes!

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