Would you like to?
Hello, dear readers! It’s October again, and that means it’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as its fans call it, is a challenge in which everyday people like you and me write a full length novel in the space of 30 days. It’s a challenge in which I participate every year.
For those of you who say it’s not enough time to write a novel I can personally say you’re wrong; I’ve written a complete first draft novel every year for the past seven years and each time I was a NaNoWriMo winner. And every year I’ve either been working or going to school full time with a part time job on the side and/or cooking Thanksgiving dinner.
So what’s your excuse?
What do you say? Are you ready stop living on the sidelines of literature and join the art form?
Don’t answer just yet; I’ve got to expound some virtues…
Why do we do this? What do we get from it?
You get your very own Novel of course!
If you’re a serious writer, the goal is apparent, but even if you’re not, writing your own book helps you to read on a different level—suddenly you’re able to infer some of the things an author likely went through when you’re reading his work. It’s kind of like watching a behind the scenes special feature on a DVD.
Second, for those of you who say you don’t have the time, SHUT UP. As you read above, I’ve been able to do this for seven years while living a normal life and every other year I WRITE DOUBLE the monthly goal because a meager 50000 words is no longer such a challenge for me. And I’m not the only one who does that, either.
Third, nobody is expecting you to churn out 100% A+ picture perfect prose–in the words of Hemingway, the first draft of anything is shit–and there’s no pressure to be flawless. NaNoWriMo thrives on the principle that you have to see something through to the end before you can tweak or fix it. Any good writer will tell you the secret to good writing is REwriting… BUT! You can’t rewrite a book you haven’t written yet.
Moreover, I think everyone should pursue a challenge like NaNoWriMo at least once in their lives because it teaches you the extent of your own willpower. Even your goals which seem impossible can be broken down and mastered–as long as you choose to keep up with them!
Plus there’s an awesome community that acts as support group, mentor, and coach all while being friendly and accessible.
So seriously think about giving it a try.
If you’ve done NANOWRIMO, or plan to do it this year, leave a comment and tell everyone how awesome it is!