Calling all Nanowrimo veterans!

I’ve done Nanowrimo–National Novel Writing Month–every year since 2004 and won every year except 2005. For the last few years I’ve also blogged extensively about the writing challenge, offering writing exercises, pep talks and tips for Nanowrimo participants both new and experienced. Every year I’ve attempted to expand the Nanowrimo extravaganza here, and this year I’d like to make it even bigger.

Have you participated in Nanowrimo before? Have you written 50, 000, 100, 000 or even more words in the month of November? Then I want to hear from you!

My goal is to make The Dabbler the comprehensive resource for anyone trying to complete Nanowrimo. I’ve got an extensive list of posts that I’ve already started writing that will share a mix of tips, tricks and stories from the many years I’ve participated in Nanworimo, and I want your tips, tricks and stories too.

These posts will go live throughout October, November and early December. October’s posts will be all about planning your novel, November’s posts will be all about writing it, and December’s posts will be about recovering from the month–and deciding what to do with that novel.

Here’s what I want to know from you:

How did you get to 50, 000? Why did you participate in Nanworimo the first time? What made you go back and try the challenge again? How does it feel to finish a novel? How did you finish your masterpiece? How did you make amends with your family after ignoring them for a month? What have you done with your Nanowrimo novel?

Whatever Nanowrimo stories you have to share, I want to see them. Send your word count building tips, tricks and epic Nanowrimo stories to before October first to be featured during The Dabbler’s 10-week Nanowrimo extravaganza.