What year(s) did you participate in NaNoWriMo?
Tell us if you “won” or not, and what you learned from the experience
Yes, every year. I love participating in Nano and it has really helped me to increase production and tighten up my novels. No more dithering around for months on end. Write up an outline, create a title and concept cover, and pound the keys!
What specific advice do you have for someone attempting NaNoWriMo ?
Give yourself permission to make writing a priority in November. That means scheduling time and saying 'no' to competing priorities. Writing a novel in a short period of time is easier if you have some kind of outline, even if it is just ten bullet-points.
I have more info and advice on Nanowrimo on my website (link below).
In your opinion who do you think is a good fit to do the challenge and who is is *not* for.
A good fit for the people who are prepared to make the time and be strong. If you're just hoping to get some words down if you can fit it in and aren't really committed, you are less likely to succeed.
P.D. Workman writes riveting young adult/suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse.
For as long as P.D. Workman can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure. After a number of false starts, she finally wrote her first complete novel at the age of twelve. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the springboard for many stories over the next few years. Then, forty-some novels later, P.D. Workman finally decided to start publishing. She now has 20+ out, and lots more on the way!
Link to NaNoWriMo Profile Page