So you’re doing NaNo this year, eh?
November 11, 2013 5 Comments
If you didn’t think writers have a death wish, then you’ve obviously never heard of the yearly ritual known to writers as National Novel Writing Month; affectionately called NaNoWriMo. Every year, hundreds of thousands of writers, young and old, newbie and veteran gear themselves up to go full writing tilt on a marathon of writing fifty thousand words in thirty days.
It’s do-able. You can successfully write that amount in the span given if you stick to a schedule and WRITE EVERY DAY. I did it back in 2008 and the one of the things I took away from the whole process (there were many), was that I could take my dreams of publishing a book and make them real, not because I had written a draft novel, but because I completed a project. Something that was a rare event in my life.
One of the things I hear from new writers is how hard it is to find the time to write, or there’s too much going on in their life that it takes away from their writing. This is understandable. As a new writer, they’ve not disciplined themselves to set aside some time every day and work on their novel. It’s a hard habit to get into at the beginning, but worthwhile in the end. NaNo helps with this. By entering the competition, you are forcing yourself to take your writing seriously and put real effort into creating a story. It doesn’t matter if what you’ve written reads like crap; you’re training yourself to make writing an everyday part of your life. Something all successful authors will tell you is the first step.
Participating in NaNoWriMo is not about the finish line, it’s about the journey to get to there.