I’m planning on doing NaNoWriMo again this year! I love NaNo for several reasons, and since I seem to have an affinity for making lists on this blog, I’ll list the reasons why I like NaNo.

1. It’s motivation to write.
   I’ve been having problems writing recently. I’ve talked about this to my writing…buddy? associate? partner? hah, and we both agree that we’ve reached a point where we’re frightened. Frightened that we’re not good enough. Frightened that we don’t have the talent, frightened that it’s not worth it…frightened of failing. With NaNoWriMo, however, the only pressure is to reach a certain word count goal. It’s not focusing on how good your writing is, it’s focusing on just sitting down and DOING IT, which is a HUGE part of the battle.

2. It’s stinkin’ FUN
   Since there’s no pressure to make it perfect (it’s just a first draft after all) you’re free to write anything you like, whether it be cliche, cheesy, or just…boring. Someone said once that you have to get the million words of crud out of your system before you can write anything good, and I’m inclined to agree with them! So if you’ve always wanted to write that zombie sci-fi thriller, but knew it wouldn’t sell, this is your perfect opportunity.

3. It creates good writing habits
   Since you’re forced to write everyday, you get into the habit of writing frequently. This is what EVERY SINGLE author recommends — writing everyday. If you want to be a writer, you have to practice. It’s not neccessarily a talent, although that helps — it’s mostly a skill.

4. Through all the crud there’s a few nuggets of gold
   Seriously, if you’re writing 50,000 words, there’s going to be some sentences that you look back on later and go “oh…that was pretty good!”. That’s got to be one of the most satisfying things. Sometimes you can’t recognize if something’s good until you wait a week or two then look back. Otherwise you’re just reading what you THINK you’ve written vs. what’s actually on the page. And that’s the remnant that stays in the second draft, where you can try to make things perfect.

5. Solidarity
   Writing buddies are one of the best parts about NaNoWriMo. Word Wars, guilt monkeys, plot bunnies, creating a character that has a cameo in both of your stories…it’s awesome!

http://www.nanowrimo.org

Check it out. Think about it. 50,000 words, one month, and you can boast that you’ve written a novel!

…lindy

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