You may know that I’m a journalist, social media nerd and obsessive list maker- but a little known fact about me is that I’m also massively into story and novel writing.
It’s been a dream of mine since I was a child to become a published and well-recognised author and every year since 2012 I’ve taken part in a little thing called NaNoWriMo.
What is it you may ask?
NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month”- it’s occurs in the month of November and sets the challenge for writers across the world to write and complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Impossible right? Absolutely not.
Why do I do it?
For me personally, I find it incredibly hard to get off the starting board with an idea. I’m an obsessive perfectionist- and this gives me the freedom to dive right into writing, without the constant overthinking, over-planning and procrastinating.
So what’s your excuse? I’ve got a rebuttal for every single one:
Why should I bother?
It’s an incredibly big commitment to yourself and your own creativity- plus there’s the motivation in there to power through the writers block. If you know that you’re tasked with writing 1667 words a day to keep up your word-count, then you’re going to damn well do it.
It’s also an amazing thing to say that you’ve WRITTEN A BOOK. Like, dude that’s a huge personal milestone. Plus- there will be thousands of other people trying it at the same time, so it’s a great way to meet and interact with people across the world!
But what do I write about?
Any bloody thing you like! I’ve written a personal memoir, a children’s book and a dystopian fiction. The beauty of this is that there are really no rules (that can’t be bent hehe) – the point of this is to explore what you like doing.
But I’d never want to show it to anyone.
So what if nobody ever reads it? It’s a great skill, commitment and achievement. Do this one for number 1.
I’m not a good writer!
Is anyone when they first start?! I damn near cry when I look at some of the right crap I used to spew. I even cringe a little at blogposts. We’re all over-critical of our work, but the best way to improve? PRACTICE.
Also there’s tons of inspiration, tips and tricks out there which will spur you on during NaNo month.
I don’t have the time!!!
Do you normally spend 30 minutes watching the chase after work, scrolling on your phone or painting your nails? That’s 30 minutes you could dedicate to your novel.
If you want to do something, you will find the time. It’s a commitment sure, but it’s supposed to be fun! Just replace something pointless with writing (like hoovering 😉 )
Plus 1667 words is not that much daily. I normally manage to get mine out in 35-40 minutes. You can go back and edit once the month is up.
So there you have it!
Will you be planning on taking part this year?
Let me know 🙂 (my username is rachelalice16 if you want to buddy up- although I never look at my page or edit it ha)