A group of team members at Grammarly, the online site dedicated to proofreading, set out to write a novel as a group during National Novel Writing Month. Some of the participants had been a part of NaNoWriMo before, but this was the first time any of the participants had worked on a group novel. The project was a success. Collectively, the team wrote 130,927 unedited words, almost three times the goal of the challenge’s 50,000 words.
GalleyCat caught up with Allison VanNest, head of communications at Grammarly, to discuss the process.
GC: Why did you decide to do a NaNoWriMo novel as a group?
AV: Many of us on the Grammarly team are – or have been – participants in National Novel Writing Month. It is a great mental exercise for participants who want to get into the habit of writing more frequently. However, life is busy. Some people are scared away from signing up for NaNoWriMo by the 50,000-word writing requirement. Although this is an attainable goal, we wanted to create an opportunity for writers to participate in NaNoWriMo that would not be so time-consuming. Read more