Would you like to do something crazy?
Maybe something that you’ve thought about doing for a long time, but just never have convinced yourself to do it?
Would you like to write a novel?
November is National Novel Writing Month–NaNoWriMo for short. It’s a challenge to write 50,000 words of your brand new novel. It’s a lot of fun.
Once again I’ve decided to join the crazy with a new novel. Why should you join me, though?
Everyone Needs a Challenge
If you don’t challenge yourself, you stagnate. Yes, you may make some progress, but without a goal, most of the time you just meander along without making much headway. Is that really how you want to be?
A challenge is a test of skill. A challenge pushes you. A challenge is exactly what you need if you’ve had problems getting yourself to do something that you want to do.
How long has that novel idea been stewing in your head? How much longer are you going to let it sit?
NaNoWriMo challenges your ability, not so much to write, but to write when you don’t feel like it. Because there will be days you don’t feel like it, and your word count is going to sit there and mock you until you actually write the words.
Sometimes the best thing to get you started (and finished) is a nice little deadline looming over your head.
NaNoWriMo Gives You a Focus
NaNoWriMo provides the framework to challenge yourself with your writing. There’s a specific goal in a definitive timeframe. And there’s a helpful mindset that helps keep you focused on your goal.
Write now. Edit later. Find yourself a poster with those words and hang it above your writing station during November. You’ll need it.
The goal is 50,000 words written, not edited. A first draft is never pretty, and if you get caught up editing, you certainly won’t be writing.
You’ll also be tempted to delete swaths of writing that might could have been salvaged. Yes, you will wrtie utter trash that will need to be deleted or re-worked later when you’re editing. But for now, just write.
Focus on the current goal. Other stuff is just a distraction.
NaNoWriMo Gives You Community
Joining thousands of other people doing the same crazy challenge gives you extra motivation. There are all kinds of other writers on the NaNoWriMo message boards and social media to help cheer you on.
There’s encouragement there when you feel discouraged. There’s writing prompts and all kinds of other ideas for when you get stuck.
Social media is a great way to get to know other writers and keep in touch even after NaNoWriMo is over. Writer friends are awesome at all times.
Re-Boot Your Writing Habit
The secret to finishing NaNoWriMo is consistency. You write every single day. If you don’t have time to write, you make time.
In 30 days of making time to write every day, you’ll develop a new habit.
It’s like exersizing. Consistency builds over time and you become strong. Strength makes it easier. When you’re in the habit of writing, writing is easier.
You Have a Manuscript
Take a deep breath.
At the end of the month, you’ll have a manuscript.
And even if you don’t complete the 50,000 word challenge, you’ll still have more written on your novel than you had at the beginning of the month.
This is worth celebrating! How many people just talk about the novel they will write someday. NaNoWriMo takes away the “someday” and turns it into “now.”
So if you have been wanting to write a novel, but can’t quite make yourself do it, NaNoWriMo is for you. Go sign up today.