Okay, I admit, this is not one of my typical posts. And yet it is, in a way. Whatever, it’s confusing, moving on.
I’ve read both good and bad things about NaNoWriMo. Some people say it’s a horrible idea to try to write a complete novel in only 30 days. Others say it’s the ONLY way to write a novel. Some hesitant, on-the-fence people say they can see it either way.
I think NaNoWriMo rocks.
Because it’s actually a really good idea, and there are multiple reasons why.
Reason 1: Writing a novel in 30 days is the best thing that ever happened to me.
And why is that, you ask? Because I stopped second-guessing myself. I stopped over-analyzing. I stopped telling myself that there was “no way” I’d ever write something good enough. I just wrote. And wrote. And wrote.
Because I had to write so many words per day and had so few days to write it all down, my inner editor shut up and let my creative genius shine through. My first NaNoWriMo was 2014, and that novel – the one that came out of my creative side, not my formula side – is still one of the best pieces of work I’ve ever done.
Reason 2: Writing a novel in 30 days stretched all my creative muscles.
The first five (or so) days were awesome. I wrote and wrote and wrote. Finished a few chapters. And then it happened. I got stuck. Suddenly, I had no idea where the plot was headed. I had no idea what happened next. I was only about 5,000 words in. No! I couldn’t fail! This couldn’t be happening!
Needless to say, I didn’t have weeks to ponder and work through my writer’s block. I had hours. Maybe.
So I did what any self-respecting novelist would do.
I freaked out. I ate half a pan of cookies. And some chocolate. And a couple caramels. I paced my room for a while.
And then I sat back down at my computer, re-read the last few sentences, and pushed on. It was painful, not knowing where the story would go next. And some characters died in the process. But I did it. I stretched that creative muscle and overcame writer’s block in record time. And, as much as I loved them, I see now those character deaths were necessary to progress the plot.
Reason 3: NaNoWriMo is just plain fun!
Who cares if anyone else ever reads your NaNo Novel? The journey from blank page to 50,000+ words is FUN!
Whether it’s hanging out with the Word Sprinters on Twitter, joining a virtual write in on Youtube (via Google hangouts), or actually meeting up with fellow WriMo’s in your area, it’s nice to know that there’s an entire community of writers around the globe backing you up.
If for nothing else, join the NaNo community for one month and get some advice from writers around the world. You never know if they’ll have a different perspective on writing that you’ve never thought of before. It could be the best experience of your life. But you’ll never know unless you try.
So… Are you planning on joining NaNoWriMo this year? Why or why not?
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