With less than two weeks before the start of NaNoWriMo everyone’s going nuts over planning, outlining, what kind of software to use, and whether or not they’ll have the courage to write fifty thousand words in a single month. It’s like something bad is going to happen if they don’t reach their goal.
The idea behind NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write.
“Don’t think, just write.”
They don’t have to worry about all the stuff writers usually worry about. They simply have to sit down at their desks and write. And to do that, the only requirement is time.
So, do you have enough time to write fifty thousand words in a month?
Everything else is pretty much nonsense. If you don’t usually plan or outline, doing so now won’t help you. In fact, you should write in the most comfortable manner possible: just they way you’re used to. Doing stuff differently will only take you away from reaching your goal.
Also, because no one’s going to behead you in your sleep on the 1st of December if you do not meet your goal, there’s no real pressure. Tell yourself that, over and over again: there’s no pressure, no panic, no stress. If you win, it’s nice. If you fail, you’ll still have some pages of stuff you’ll either use or not.
The thing is, most aspiring writers want to create gold. It doesn’t work like that.
So the real question is: are you ready to invest enough time for you to write fifty thousand words?
As long as the answer is yes, you’ll be fine. Writing is all about determination, perseverance, and a lot of coffee. Or whisky, if you’re into that sort of thing.
If you’d like to take part in NaNoWriMo, you can also visit this group on Facebook, where you’ll get the chance to inspire/motivate or be inspired/motivated by other folks. Kind of cool, if you ask me.
For a more dynamic experience you can like my Facebook page, where I post interesting quotes on art, inspiration, writing, and so on. Oh, and pictures and stuff.
Also, you can follow me on Twitter if you’re into that sort of thing.