Ahhh November, the changing of the seasons, pumpkin spice everywhere, the feel of family in the air. And for several writers, National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of it, or are not sure what that jumble of letters is, or if you should participate at all:
Here’s five reasons you should participate this November.
1. New project time!
We all have projects we want to start, but we feel we never have the time, or never have the right words to start. With NaNoWriMo, there is no time to debate whether the words are right or the timing is right. On midnight November 1st, it’s time to jump in and get words on that page. It’s a chance to start something new and leave your doubts in the dust by writing words without judgement.
2. It’s less than 2000 words a day to 50K
The actual number is 1667, that’s actually a lot less than 2000. But on the other hand, writing over the daily count of 1667 will help you to win earlier than November 30th. And if you think about how many words 1667 words is, that’s not even that much, especially if any words will do. And if you get stuck, or you’re not sure what to write, there’s always the forums.
3. Support from forum and writing buddies
While NaNoWriMo is a self challenge, it doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. On the website, there are forums, pep talks from writers and editors, and other writers competing to reach 50,000 words before the clock strikes midnight on December 1st. There is a ton of support and so many people wanting you to succeed in your novel.
4. You never know what can happen
You may start with something on the fly, not sure if it will ever become something, or if it will just grace your desk drawer like a dirty secret, but you won’t know unless you keep writing it, and keep learning what your characters have to tell you. Whether you plot or not, writing is an adventure, and your characters may lead you to places you never imagined. You could finish your novel and it could become a best seller one day, or even part of a series. The possibilities are endless!
5. You can say you wrote a novel!
You! Yes, you can say you wrote a novel. Whether you finish it or not, write 50K or not, continue it after until you reach the words “The End”. You can still say that you wrote a novel. It’s a great conversation starter, and a great accomplishment. You should be proud of your accomplishments whether you reach 50K or not. And you will have more words on December 1st than you did on November 1st.
So why not check it out? Here
What have you got to lose? Why not try NaNo this year?
Want to be my writing buddy this year? Here