NaNoWriMo is just around the corner.For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about November is National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and some of us choose to celebrate by, you guessed it, writing. More to the point you write an entire novel in a month. Or at least writing 50,000 words.
I am a lackluster participant in the “Write a Novel in a Month” with an overabundance of enthusiasm for the project. Everyone should try NaNo at least once in their lifetime. It teaches people who want to write a book several very important lessons. Such as:
- Writing is hard.
- Writing everyday is harder
- Writing is easier if you plan.
- Writing is easiest if you plan & research
- Don’t get bogged down by editing
- Is this really something you can do everyday?
This is not to say that NaNoWriMo is the best thing that ever happened to your work. Think of it like a crash course. There is every chance that you will crash partway through the attempt. You will get burnt out. You will be brain dead and exhausted and there is a chance that Calliope will just be too busy inspiring everyone else to get to you.
Here are some downsides to NaNo:
- Putting an emphasis on your word count
- Assuming the work is done in a month
- Doesn’t teach you how to fit your writing in your daily life
- Does not improve your wrting
- The disheartening thoughts that you fail if you don’t get this done.
Yes, those are the downsides. I’ve started with the downsides because I think that it’s important to let you know what’s the what before you decide if you want to get involved.
There ARE good points. Really, there are.
- Forgetting to Procrastinate
- Struggling along side with a bunch of other hopefuls
- Setting daily deadlines for yourself-and keeping them
- Writing Discipline
- You’ll understand that a first draft sucks.
- The people at the forums are REALLY willing to help you. More than any other group ever.
I honestly feel that NaNo is a helpful experience, even if you only want to experience it once. So if you haven’t tried NaNoWriMo yet, I recommend it. I am trying it for the third year in a row, but for the first time being active in the NaNo community. So if you wanna be my writing buddy create an account and come find me. I rarely ever bite.