Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

nanoprepNow that it’s officially November, 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 stand in the way of 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 to write fifty thousand words? Are you going to give up on your social life in order to write some 1700 words every single day?

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.


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6 thoughts on “Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

  1. I really want to try to do this but my brain is so scrambled and my writing is everywhere, I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to meet the 50,000 word goal. I’m still going to write, I’m still so new at all of this I’m still trying to find what works for me best. Practice makes perfect right?
    ~Llissa~

  2. This month has to be my most relaxed start to NaNoWriMo yet… Usually I feel excited and a little panicked about writing a new book, but this year I am happy to do my daily word count and see what happens. No pressure, no fuss. Just write! ☺️

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