“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.“
–W. Somerset Maugham
Last month 311,575 writers took the pledge to write a 50,000 word novel. A daunting challenge for sure. If you’re still skeptical that a novel can be written in a month’s time, consider the following from NaNoWriMo: Classic Novels Written in a Month:
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel, in just three weeks when he wasn’t working in his medical surgery.
- Jack Kerouac cranked out On the Road in three weeks.
- The Gambler took Fyodor Dostoevsky only 26 days to write.
- In less than a month Muriel Spark composed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
- Though he mapped it out in two months, John Boyne wrote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in a mere 2 1/2 days.
- Amazingly Robert Louis Stevenson penned the first draft of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 3 days. Unfortunately, his wife hated it, so he tossed the draft and started over from scratch.
For perspectives on last month’s NaNoWriMo click on one of the following links:
50,000 Words Later: Farewell, NaNoWriMo 2013
Reflections on Winning
If You Aim at Nothing
Four Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo 2013
We’d love to hear about your experience. Leave us a comment if you managed to get your novel drafted in 30 days.
Judith Barker and Bonnie James
No, I did not finish a novel but when I start I will use one of the ARC recall patterns to plan out the novel’s plot and charactor development. That and a story board will avoid writer’s block and get some words on paper.
We have had 3 of our graduates so far use our recall pattern techniques to help them organize their books.
Judith and Bonnie: Thanks for the mention! 🙂
You are most welcome.