Why NaNo? Good question …
Fifty thousand words in thirty days, one thousand six hundred and sixty-seven words per day, that’s a lot of words. Heck, that’s a lot of work. My fingers ache just thinking about it.
Will they be good words? Some of them will be. Will you wake up December 1st with a novel ready to be published? Probably not. Then why do NaNo?
NaNo develops a habit. Did you know it takes doing something consistently for twenty-one days in a row to create a habit? If you write every day for thirty days, it will become an ingrained habit to keep you writing every day.
NaNo provides a goal – a simple concrete goal of 50,000 words in thirty days. Yes, I know, you probably already have a goal of writing a novel but what exactly does that mean? Will you meet your goal when you finish the first draft? Will you meet your goal when a publisher says yes, I’ll take it? Or will you only complete your goal when you see your novel on the shelf of a bookstore? See? Kind of subjective. NaNo is not subjective. Write 50,000 words in thirty days and you win. YAY! We all love winning.
NaNo teaches you to write fast. How much time have you spent writing and re-writing and re-writing again the first chapter of your book? I am the world’s worst about this. My WIP has been restarted a minimum of 237 times. I know because I save each version on my computer and in Google Docs. NaNo allows me to take the pesky inner editor, wrap duct tape around her mouth and shove her in a closet under a pile of last year’s jackets that no longer fit. I lock the door to that closet and shove the key in a desk drawer where it sits until December 1st. You know the really cool thing I discovered when I let that inner editor out of the closet last year? She’s a lot quieter after spending thirty days locked in the dark.
NaNo connects you with a wide world of other writers. The sense of community and the things you can learn from that community are immeasurable. Jump in and join us. Go to NaNoWriMo and sign up. We can be writing buddies. On NaNo, I’m cmtgkt. Come write with me.