To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

Will you be rockin' the NaNo badge this year?
Will you be rockin’ the NaNo badge this year?

It’s that time of year again kiddies — NaNoWriMo is rapidly approaching. In fact, the annual event is set to begin in just eight days on Tuesday, November 1.

If you’ve never heard of NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short, it’s National Novel Writing Month and from Nov. 1 through 11:59 p.m. on  Nov. 30, participants work towards a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel.

Yep. 50K in 30 days to create an original novel. Sound fun? Sound like a great way to get some words down for that book idea that’s been rattling around in your brain for the last year or two or dozen? Now is your chance, you can sign up at the NaNo website, it’s quick, easy, and painless unless you’re me and snag a fingernail while typing but that’s a story for a different blog.

Anyway —  to NaNo or not to NaNo? That truly is the question that plagues a lot of writers and would-be writers every October.  Today, I’m throwing my vote to the “To NaNo” side and I’m going to share with you my reasons.

  1. I did it last year and made my 50,000 word goal.
  2. It felt GOOD to make that goal.
  3. Having a deadline to meet for my fiction writing made me more productive.
  4. Super-awesome support for a solid 30 days made me more productive.
  5. It was fun. When something’s fun, I want to do it more.

I used 2015 NaNo as a way to get my butt in the chair every day and write 50,000 words in 30 days to complete the rough draft of my first book. This book is book 1 in a YA trilogy and I’m proud that I didn’t give up last November. As a writer, you always hear, “Just get the words down.” This time I listened and I got the words down. Since last year, I’ve finished the book, have worked with critique partners and an editor, made revisions and now I have it out to beta readers. It feels good.

My plan this year for NaNo is to get the rough draft down for book 2 of this trilogy — because, hey, after all, it all worked out pretty good last year. However, if I don’t make my 50K word goal, that’s okay too. What matters is that I get as many words down as I can and that I keep moving forward.

So, if you’re debating on whether “To NaNo or Not To NaNo” I highly recommend going for it. Sign up, join a support group, and get those words down.

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