The Power of Nanowrimo + Survey!


— On the power of Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and a Survey for you! Jump here to take the survey right away.

Welcome new subscribers from the Writer’s Fun Zone blog! And welcome longtime blog readers. I so appreciate all of you.

The Power of Nanowrimo and Survey! by Beth BaranyIn today’s current economy, I sometimes feel like a thing, you know, a commodity, to be pushed around, quantified, as if I have no heart.

But I am not a commodity. Neither are you. I’m an invaluable multi-layered complex human being, like you are.

And like you, I create a product for public consumption (genre novels), that I price and market and promote, and edit to be appealing to my readers.

Our books have several purposes: to create an experience that attracts the reader, keeps them in the story, and takes them away from their every day life. So pleasure and escape.

Even though I create a product, I am not a product, or a machine.

It can feel as if we’re expected to be a machine though, in this process to write a novel.

Yet there is no straight line to a finished book.

It’s complicated, creating a book that readers will love and consume.

And extremely creative.

What’s my point?

My point is … that it’s complicated.

But all is not lost. We can find a way through the mess.

Even though there isn’t a direct line from start to finish — there’s always lots of bumps in the road, detours, getting lost (there’s more to this metaphor!) — you can break down writing a book into its smallest steps and get writing (or editing or marketing) done.

I know this because I have done it 16 times. (I’ve written 16 stories, get it?)

The Power of Nanowrimo

This is one of the reasons I like Nanowrimo so much. They encourage you to think in daily word counts, one day at a time.

Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month, where people aim to write 50,000 words in the month of November. A free non-profit guides you every step of the way.

That’s 1,666.67 words a day, or about 6.5 manuscript pages, measured at 250 words per page.

That’s still a lot of words, AND, you don’t have to write that much.

Because you can be a Nano rebel!

I know I will be this year, and have always been a Nano rebel. (I gotta be me!)

Even with my experience, I can comfortably usually write 40,000 words in a month. Any more than that and I need to be not doing anything else to make it happen. But that’s me. Your experience may be different! But you won’t know until you try it, I mean, do it.

My husband, Ezra Barany, also a novelist and co-teacher at Barany School of Fiction, has met and exceeded the 50,000-word count in the five-plus past years, and that’s worked for him.

As I mentioned above, I’m a Nano rebel again this year and won’t even be writing a novel.

Instead I’ll be editing one of the novels I wrote earlier this year. (Last year I wrote four novels from November 2016 through June 2017.)

Other Nano rebels include Ezra who will be writing four 12,000-word stories in a series. I have group members who will editing and students who will be planning. Nano rebels rock!

If you’re looking for a reason to dive into your book, or you just want to use this global focused program to work on your book in some manner, I encourage you to take advantage of Nanowrimo’s energy this coming month.

If you’re looking for local events in your community where people get together and do a “write-in,” check out the Nanowrimo site:

I know my local library (Piedmont Avenue Branch, Oakland, CA) will be holding write-ins Tuesday evenings, and a friend will be hosting weekly write-ins at UC Berkeley on Sundays and a party on November 30th.

Want more Nano tips? Check out these articles on our blog, Writer’s Fun Zone.


Coming Next!

Over here at Barany School of Fiction, we’ll be holding our annual Write Your Novel Support Group, November 1-30, 2017: 4 weekly calls in November to commiserate, offer support and perspective with experienced teachers, Ezra and I.

The group also comes with some extras, including a short consultation with Beth Barany, last year’s support calls, and the ebook, Overcome Writer’s Block.

To learn more and register, go here.

This group is $197 for new students. (Or $99 for school alumni and free for group members. Contact me for your coupon.)

For Serious Novelists!

I’ll be offering some sign up bonuses to the Group Coaching Program if you sign up for this program before the end of October.

One of the bonuses is that you can join the Write Your Novel Support Group for free.

The Group Coaching Program is a 12-month program for dedicated novelists who have already written a manuscript or equivalent who want ongoing group support (2 group calls monthly that come with spot coaching and analysis of your manuscript, plus a “secret” Facebook group) and additional opportunities for in-depth 1-1 support with me, including developmental editing. More news about that next week.

Something New for Writing Teachers and Coaches

I know I have fellow writing teachers and coaches on this list. Hi! 🙂

I’m looking for like-minded colleagues who would like to be successful together.

I’ll be doing a list builder giveaway campaign for writing teachers and coaches, launching during the Christmas/Chanukah/New Years season. This is a beta project. If it goes well, I’ll may do several more next year.

How it works: Writing teachers/coaches pay a small fee and offer up a digital or physical product on the theme to help writers to give away as a prize.

The goal of this project: to build our list with the right audience, potential students and clients who like what we offer and want our help.

Theme for the beta launch: Tools to Develop Characters and Character Arcs.

If you’re interested in participating and want more information, contact me and let me know. Thanks! May we all prosper together!

Yes, please do forward this to other people you think would be a good fit, or just let me know who they are, and I’ll reach out.

SURVEY! (Last but not least!)

We’re growing here at Barany School of Fiction, and Writer’s Fun Zone, and I’d like to get to know you better. To that end, I’d love it if you could fill out a short survey for me here.

Or copy and past this link:

A little gift awaits you on the thank you page. 🙂

Here’s to your creativity! Happy writing!

All my best,
PS. Survey link again:

PPS. You have the power! What will you do with it? I’m genuinely curious. Post in the comments your reply or email me directly.



Beth Barany is creativity coach for writers, a teacher, workshop facilitator, and speaker, helping writers address overwhelm and confusion so that they can write, market, and publish their fiction. And make it fun!

Owner of the Barany School of Fiction, an online training hub, Beth takes great interest in how humans learn, create, and grow, and includes all her students’ life experiences, including the ancestors, into the moment.

Want to prepare for NaNoWriMo? Check out the comprehensive Plan Your Novel course here.

She also writes magical tales of romance and adventure to empower women and girls to jump into life with both feet and be the heroes in their own lives. Check out her Henrietta series here (YA Fantasy) and her Touchstone series here (Fantasy/Paranormal Romance).

Support her mission to empower women and girls with her fiction on Patreon here.

Read her latest book for writers, Twitter for Authors, here.


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