Tuesday, October 16, 2012

3 Reasons You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is 15 days away!

Some of you are saying nano-what?

Na-No-Wri-Mo. Short hand for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month of the year in which novelists across the globe write with reckless abandon to attempt to reach the pre-set 50,000 word goal.

November is also the month of the year in which literary agents can be heard screaming from behind their laptops "Don't submit in December what you've written in November!" Because more often than not, what you have written for NaNoWriMo doesn't qualify as a full-length novel in most genres and because in most cases those 50K words need not just some, but  a TON of work.

So, if you don't actually finish a full novel, and most of the time (especially for first time novelists) what you do produce is a really rough first draft; why on earth would you EVER consider trying to write 50K words in 31 short days?

Here are 3 really good reasons:

Reason #1. NaNoWriMo is a great time to throw out all the excuses you've given to date about why you haven't written that novel.

Reason #2. Participating in NaNoWriMo allows you to be a part of a global community of thousands of writers all attempting to write roughly 1667 words a day.

Reason #3.  To actually achieve the 50K words, you have to get out of your own head and just write. It's tremendously freeing to be released from those pesky story arcs and massive self-editing as you go. This is the time to let your inner-story teller free!

If you have ever thought about participating in NaNoWriMo check out their website at www.nanowrimo.org  and register today. I'll be right there with you.

1 comment:

  1. I love this.  Can't wait to share it with my critique group!