NaNoWriMo is coming up, which can be quite a stressful time for writers. If you haven’t heard, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing competition where writers write a whole novel – 50,000 words – in a month. It’s a great way to get a fresh draft out there.
However, NaNoWriMo can be discouraging. 1,667 words a day is intimidating. Some writers don’t think highly of themselves because they usually can’t reach that goal. I don’t think completing 50,000 words in the month validates any writer though. Writers are great no matter how many words they write in a day.
Just getting a writing goal – motivation – is great. NaNoWriMo is a competition with an actual prize that most writers don’t get during other months. The participants also get a lot of motivational talks and advice throughout the whole month. It has helped many writers just get a draft – no matter how much – on the page.
I’ve completed NaNoWriMo three times now. Before that, I didn’t get anywhere close to defeating the goal. I even lowered the 50,000 limit and couldn’t do it. I didn’t even finish last year. It’s a difficult goal, but I believe it’s worth it.
So, if you’re competing this year, good luck. You don’t have to write all 50,000 words though. You’re an amazing writer for just pushing yourself forward. I’m proud.