Only a few more days before it all starts. NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing it for so many years, it’s a part of autumn now. It would just feel weird if I didn’t participate.
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place in November. During the thirty days of the month, participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of fiction, an average of 1,667 words per day.
Though writers can take part in NaNoWriMo from the comfort of their own homes, there are regional write-ins where you can meet other participants. The NaNoWriMo website features official forums, pep talks from published authors, themed merchandise and many other perks and opportunities.
My NaNoWriMo history
I have participated in NaNoWriMo seven times before and reached the goal of 50,000 words four of those times. Not bad, eh? Unfortunately, I have not finished writing or edited any of those stories and don’t really think that’s going to happen. Ever. (I have issues, okay?)
What am I writing?
This is the fun bit: I don’t know yet. I’ve been playing around with some ideas and have a basic plot written out for them but I have yet to pick one. And then there’s also the possibility of rewriting/continuing writing the project I started last year (which I am still very excited about). I’ll probably decide what I’m going to write when it’s actually time to begin.
Why you should participate in NaNoWriMo:
- It’s a great way to establish a writing routine
- You’ll get through most of a first draft in less than a month
- You’ll get rid of some of those procrastinating methods you love to use
- It will help you conquer writer’s block
- It will help break your habit of editing while you write
Every first draft in the history of the universe has sucked. NaNoWriMo just helps you take that first step towards writing a novel. You can’t edit a blank page.
Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo?