So, it's almost November. Are you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo? If you're not sure, here are some reasons why you should consider it.
NaNoWriMo is a great way to kickstart your writing. It's a yearly event designed to allow an author to write a novel in a month. Each year, thousands of participants from around the world sign up to write 50,000 words during the month of November.
Here are some things you can learn by taking part in NaNoWriMo:
- Discipline: You're agreeing to write approximately four pages every day, or around 1500 words a day.
- How to ignore your internal editor: When you have a set number of pages to write a day that is higher than average, there's no time to be a perfectionist. It's more important to get the words on the page, typos and all. You'll have time to fix it later.
- Allow yourself to lose control: Writers like to control every aspect of their story. When writing this quickly, some of that has to be set aside, at least initially. You can edit it later. Just allow the words to come. Be spontaneous.
Will NaNoWriMo give you the perfect novel? Not necessarily, but it's a good way to practice writing habits that you can implement throughout the year. And, if you ask many writers, they'll also tell you that it's fun!
To learn more about NaNoWriMo or to sign up: https://nanowrimo.org/