“What?” you ask. “Does Associated Content take novels? Because that’s what NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is all about!”
The answer is … not exactly! It’s true that Associated Content takes some fiction, but they don’t pay up-front for it. And with Associated Content’s auto-pagination breaking your work into tiny chunks to max out the ad views and page views, posting a 50,000-word NaNoWriMo novel to Associated Content would be a bad idea, if it even worked.
So how, then, would you write for AC for NaNoWriMo? Well, another Associated Content contributor named Nicole Pellegrini came up with an idea that she posted on the AC forums. In a nutshell, you write your 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, but in the form of stories, poems, and essays published on Associated Content.
Why novels aren’t always the best choice
“Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?” you ask. Not necessarily! The point of NaNoWriMo, as I understand it, is to get you to learn how to write without inhibition. To turn off your inner critic, and just get the words on the screen (or the page).
A lot of people fail NaNoWriMo, though, because writing a 50,000-word novel is challenging; more challenging than just writing 50,000 words of anything else. Novels, after all, are continuous storylines, with a plot that has to keep moving. What do you do when you write yourself into a corner, in NaNoWriMo? What happens when you realize you should’ve done something else three chapters ago?
The idea behind NaNoWriMo is that you just keep writing, if this happens. But if your subconscious is busy exploring alternate universe scenarios where something in the plot happened differently, how’re you going to get it on board with what you’re supposed to be writing? NaNoWriMo’s supposed to be fun, but I’ve always been the sort of writer who stops and thinks when I don’t enjoy what I’m writing. That’s a trait useful for polished short stories, but not for lightning-fast novels.
How writing for Associated Content would help
The thing about AC is that they’ll take just about anything, so long as it’s spelled correctly. So a 50,000 word Associated Content blitz would be more focused than just stream-of-consciousness writing, but not much more. Just package each train of thought into a single story or article, and you’re good to go! The minimum’s about 500 words, so that’s a hundred tiny-ish articles; about three per day if you don’t go over any.
As you go through NaNoWriMo this way, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t; like what kind of things Associated Content will pay you up-front for. (Did I mention they pay up-front for many articles, if you live in the United States? It’s only a few dollars per, to start with, but it’s better than nothing!) You’ll also see detailed pageview stats, which will show you how much your readers like each article. So once you find something that catches on, you can keep writing more things like it, and maybe discover your calling!
Is writing for Associated Content as glamorous as writing a novel for NaNoWriMo? Not really … it’s not fiction, and is basically “hack” writing by the standards of traditional writer culture. I suggest AC, though, for NaNoWriMo. Not just because they pay money, and not just because their metrics are a valuable guide, but because it’s fun. The emotional payoff and reward will come much more quickly, and will encourage you to keep working at it.
Got any more suggestions? Scroll down and leave a comment! And whether you’re writing for Associated Content for NaNoWriMo or not, good luck, and I hope you have fun with it.