The other day I saw a post on 4 reasons not to take part in NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writing Month (November) for those of you who don’t know. I didn’t read the article but I probably could have told you the reasons, I’ve probably even spouted them at one time or another. And that’s cool. NaNo is not for everyone. Some folks just can’t write that way. Again, that’s cool.
But here’s some reasons to take part.
You learn to write on a consistent basis. To finish NaNo with a complete novel, you have to write every day or at least most days. I take Sunday off…just too much other stuff to do.
You learn to make writing a priority. So many times, writing is one off the least important things on my to do list and doesn’t get done. With NaNo, it’s important and gets done first thing.
Writing a novel during NaNo requires you put the inner editor away. I don’t know about you, but I wrestle with my inner editor all the time. She hates drecky first drafts but during NaNo, I send her on vacation and give myself permission to write dreck. After all, you can’t fix what you don’t write.
It’s a chance for us to push our limits and see just what we can accomplish.
Most importantly, at the end of November, if you’ve worked at it…you have a novel. No, it won’t be a great novel, it will be a first draft so rough you can use it for sandpaper but you will have a novel. And that’s a very good thing.
Again, you can’t fix what you don’t write. Remember, great novels are not written, they’re rewritten. So, head over to the NaNo website, sign up and join in the fun.