November is around the corner and November is for NaNoWriMo! For the uninitiated, it is National Novel Writing Month when thousands of people all over the world commit to writing a 50,000 word novel (or more) in 30 days. Yes, a first draft. Of your book. Not surprisingly, many of the participants have gone on to publish successfully! The power of community motivation is amazing.
But why should you participate in the NaNoWriMo?
Here’s why. 10 reasons to do the NaNoWriMo
As for me, this is my fourth year with the NaNoWriMo and I am excited!
On giving writers advice, offering “rules.” I’m asked a lot about this, and people bring great lists of rules for writers to the page all the time.
What do I think? I can’t say it loud enough. There are NO RULES for all writers! And never let anyone tell you that there are.
Writers are individuals; we each do it in our own way. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not a “real” writer because you don’t follow their rules!
I can’t tell you how much harm was done to me early in life by others judging me in that way. I was told in college I wasn’t a “real” writer because I composed on a typewriter; I was condemned later on in damn near apocalyptic terms for “not writing every day.”
“Real writers” are those who become “real writers.” That’s all there is to it. And again, we each do it in our own way.
For me, stubbornness has been as important as any talent I might possess. I ultimately ignored the people who condemned me, ridiculed me and sought to discourage me. I laughed or cried over it in secret; and went right on writing what I wanted to write, the way I wanted to write it. I knew of no other way to become the writer of my dreams.
If you want to be a writer, go for it. Critics are a dime a dozen, and people who would love to see you fail are everywhere. Just keep on going; keep doing what works for you. Keep believing in yourself.
Visit the NaNoWriMo blog to be inspired
Write that book. Tell the world your story.
Buddy up with your friends. Rope them in.
In honor of NaNoWriMo – we will slack off slightly – but not too much – from our daily blogging commitment as Write Tribe Pro Bloggers and focus on writing that book. In December, we’ll get back to our “routine”!
Ready. Get set. (Click this link to see how I prepared last year!) Go!
Plan a little. Give your inner editor a holiday. Write. Write. Write. You can do it!
Questions about NaNoWriMo? Ask in the comments and I’ll try my best to help!