The Heidi Thorne Show

Why I Don’t Like NaNoWriMo | Episode 61

December 4, 2018

If you participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November, good for you. But I honestly don't like programs like this. I explain why in this episode.

Blog: How Many Words Should a Book Be?

2018 Self Publishing Survey Results (podcast):

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Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:29 What is NaNoWriMo?

1:35 Why I don't like artificial restraints like NaNoWriMo

2:12 The "I love you" test for books

3:24 Don't pad your book with filler!

4:10 Why you can't measure a book's value by word count

5:09 The "words per pound" problem with book writing

5:32 Where word count does matter

5:57 The "War and Peace" problem

7:00 Avoiding "brain vomit"

8:23 The real value of your book

8:50 What to do after NaNoWriMo