By Laura Green
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? Well now is your chance! NaNoWriMo is an annual global initiative which encourages aspiring writers of any age or skillset to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. It might seem unattainable now, but if you read on you’ll soon understand why you should join the thousands of people participating this year.
The 50,000-word count may seem like a crazy endeavour now, but the feeling of accomplishment you will earn from reaching your goal will be amazing. You will have the opportunity to improve your skill set and collaborate with others with a passion for writing. Writers across the globe are available on the website’s forums to give advice on any topic you might be troubled with. What better resources are there to build your skills then access to successful writers?
Cross it off the Bucket List
We’ve all said it before; how accomplished authors must feel to hold that finished book in their hands, and how, “if we only had time,” we’d do the same. Well, NaNo takes the ‘no excuses’ standpoint and tells you that November is the time to get it done. Whether you end up publishing it not, you know it will feel pretty damn good when you type those final words.
Too often we underestimate our strengths and abilities. We’re never willing to attempt the difficult in case we fail; but NaNoWriMo sets us this challenging goal while providing all the support possible to make those dreams a reality. This is the perfect time to challenge what you think you know about yourself, because your word count can only increase, right?
Get Outside your Comfort Zone
If you ever feel bored or stuck in a routine, writing something creative is one of the most inventive ways to escape the rut. It may feel scary and muddled at first, but the excitement of creativity is that it doesn’t matter what direction your imagination takes. A writing project will open your mind to endless possibilities.
Create a Network
Thought writing was a solitary activity? Guess again. From forums, to a range of social media communities, to virtual and real-life ‘write-ins,’ NaNoWriMo is there to connect likeminded people to give advice and help form lasting friendships between writers. The support is what gets so many people over the finish line and makes the whole process so much more enjoyable.
More than anything, your writing project should be fun! Granted, not every scene is exciting and not every character is likeable, but in the end you should work on a goal and an idea that sparks your enthusiasm whenever you open the document.
So now that you’re thoroughly convinced (right?), head over to the NaNoWriMo website, sign up, it’s not too late to get involved!
Sign up here: http://nanowrimo.org