As a mom, a college student, and an employee, I run a pretty busy schedule. Constantly on the go, I've been having a hard time finding the time to write and I have been completely depressed about it. The one thing I love to do the most, and I can't even find the time to do it. I told myself that this month was going to be different and that I finally have had enough. I was ready to start making the time to do the things I LOVE instead of the things I dislike. November was going to be the month that would change it all.
Lucky me, November also happens to be National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every year starting November 1st NaNoWriMo kick starts. What exactly is NaNoWriMo? It is a website that challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel in one month. Yes, I know it is intimidating but at the same time, it is also extremely motivational. There are online forums, a feature to set up your own profile, you can earn badges, and you can even discover your regional group. What is a regional group? They are other people in your area who are participating in NaNoWriMo as well. They hold events called "write-ins" at places near you and are a great support system when it comes to reaching your end goal.
Although NaNoWriMo may seem like a lot, especially if you never wrote a story before, it is still a great opportunity to buckle down and finally pour out the story that is in your soul.
Here are some of the reasons why you should participate in NaNoWriMo this year or next year! They are some of the reasons why I am participating too.
You Complete a Novel
Think about it, normally a novel can take a really long time to write. A lot of authors spent years on their manuscripts just to be rejected and have to start another one. That can be discouraging, especially as a new writer. With NaNoWriMo you are completing your novel in a month. Just one month and then you have your very own 50,000 words or more novel. That is something to be proud about and since you only spent one month writing it you won't be as stressed with the timeline of creating it.
You Can Network
One of the greatest things about NaNoWriMo is the ability to meet other people. In the writing community, other writers are your tools. They make great editing buddies, inspirational conversations, and are just an overall joy to be around. Networking with other writers also builds your business. Look at it this way, say you meet someone who ends up becoming published, that is a connection and a foot in the door.
It is a Motivation
NaNoWriMo is completely motivational when it comes to actually buckling down and writing a story. I am the type of person that kind of needs that kick in the butt time to time. I don't get stuff done unless I have an impending deadline looming around on me. That is why NaNoWriMo is the perfect motivational tool. You get to see other's word counts, be rewarded for the word counts you reach, and there are prizes at the end of the month. Yup, definitely makes me want to write and complete a novel before November 30th.
It is Ok if you Don't Finish
Probably my most favorite reason of all. It is completely OK if you do not reach the 50,000 words by the end of the month. You aren't going to be penalized, you aren't going to get in trouble, and the world isn't going to end. Is the end game to reach 50,000 words? Yes! Of course, but if that doesn't happen don't beat yourself up. Look at it this way, you probably now have an epic start to a novel that you can work off of, have met extremely awesome people, and are able to say that you did it.