You’ve probably heard of National
Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and you may already be thinking about
taking part. Here’s why you should give it a go…
The goal in NaNoWriMo is to write
50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. That translates
as 1667 words per day. Even if you try and fail, you're likely to get
more writing done during the month than you would've done otherwise.
It’s freeing. If you’ve never
written a fast first draft before – ignoring your inner editor and
concentrating solely on the goal of making your word count every day – then you’re in for a treat. And if you find it doesn’t suit you,
then you’ve discovered something valuable about your own writing
process. Either way, you win!
It helps with procrastination. There's
nothing like a deadline to help us focus and bloomin' well Get On
Misery loves company. No, hang on, that
sounds a bit negative… While attempting NaNoWriMo, you are secure
in the knowledge that around the world thousands of other writers are
doing the same thing.
If that thought isn't enough, then you
can hang out in the forums on the official website, join a local
NaNoWriMo group and even meet up with fellow participants for
writing sessions and the like.
You can form your own group on the
website, too, and compare progress and swap ideas with your friends.
There is no failure. You should give yourself a pat on the back just for trying, plus:
It's a fun challenge. It might work
brilliantly for you and you'll follow in the footsteps of Lani Diane
Rich, Sara Gruen and Keris Stainton who all went on to publish books
they wrote during NaNoWriMo.
It might not. You might (like me) find
that 30,000 words in a month is your limit or that the 'messy first
draft' method is not your bag. In my book, anything that gets you to either try new methods or get words onto
the page is a success.
Good luck and happy writing!