First of all, if you don’t know what NaNoWriMo stands for, I just want to say that you are in the right place! NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal is to write a novel. Although, I would say that if you don’t finish the novel, it’s ok. This challenge is for you to grow as a writer.
If you are an aspiring writer like me, then I’m here to make the case for why you should attempt NaNoWriMo 2017. For those of you who have been participating in NaNoWriMo, kudos to you and keep up the creative work!
It is a good brain exercise.
I am going to sound like a liberal arts nerd and I don’t care because I was a liberal arts nerd. Remember in grade school, you had Language Arts or English classes where you learned about the roles of a protagonist, an antagonist, the format of a story, literary devices to use, and so on and so forth? Writers eat that shit up. Personally, I love to throw in some foreshadowing in my work.
You get to create a brand new world!
Regardless of whether you are writing a sci-fi or fantasy novel, you are creating a new world, period. Your world-building is key to the book’s fundamental grounds. This is a chance to create rules, build cities, establish currency, etc. Just keep in mind that if you plan to write a series, your world-building is crucial from the get-go.
If you haven’t written a book yet and you want to, this is an opportunity you can’t miss.
Everyone uses this excuse “I’m too busy” to NOT do something. “I’m too busy to write a book. I’m too busy to go to the gym. I’m too busy to do the dishes.” If you want to become a professional author, you need to throw this excuse out the window. This excuse is what stands between amateur writers and professional writers. Don’t get me wrong: November is in fact a busy month. For students, this is when your semester is winding up. For adults working in business, this is the fourth quarter and the fiscal year is ending. And let’s not forget, the holidays are coming. But, because November is a busy month, it should be motivation for you to spend 30 minutes to an hour each day to squeeze in some writing. That book isn’t going to write itself.
Imagine how much fun you’ll have.
Writing is fun. Especially for people who enjoy storytelling. Writing a book is not just a creative activity, it is quite therapeutic to take your mind out of your day-to-day life and focus on something new, something you built mentally from scratch.
Meet fellow writers in your area!
Every city has municipal liaisons who run local NaNoWriMo write-ins and workshops. The write-ins are simply where writers come to a coffee shop or a library to work on their book with fellow writers. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers and learn about their novels, as well as refer to them as resources.