Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NaNoWriMo: One Month, 50,000 Words

Happy Halloween! I can't believe we've already reached the end of October, can you? Tomorrow is the first day of November which means the first day of NaNoWriMo! I recently learned about this writing challenge from my friend Miriam Verheyden, and I can't wait to get started. 30 days, 50,000 words. Sounds simple, right?
For those of you that don't know, I'm a little bit passionate about writing. I started writing short stories in elementary school for creative writing assignments, wrote a few very rough drafts for novels by junior high, had my first novel fully drafted in college, and have written a few stories I'd love to publish since. While there are a few things 'in the works', its still a dream of mine to have a book published. One day! So you can understand how excited I am to be starting something new: to be a part of NaNoWriMo! 

The National Novel Writing Month is a non-profit with a great mission: "National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page." (source) Their entire platform is dedicated to helping writers connect, build, and encourage each other and grow their writing skills. Ever since reading Miriam's post on it, I've started seeing others posting about joining on blogs, LinkedIn, etc. too. So this is me, doing my part to spread the word. If you're interested in finally writing something that's been whirling around in your head or just want to test yourself and commit to writing for a month, I would highly recommend you check it out.
I've been brainstorming the past few days about what I'll be writing. The book I'm currently trying to publish is about the trip I took to Germany and Greece a few years ago that absolutely changed my life. However, several trips I've taken have changed my life so maybe I'll decide to fully elaborate on and share one of those. Or maybe it'll be a fictional story. Or maybe it'll be about something completely different that won't even pop into my head until Thursday morning (11/1) when the pressure is on. I have so many ideas, you guys! Regardless of what I finally decide, I've already got my evening cleared, my couch looking cozy, and my favorite tea and wine stocked. It's going to be a lovely start to NaNoWriMo.

I can't say how much this will affect blogging. I'd love to post more often as it is, but when you sit at a desk staring at a computer screen for 8 hours each day, the last thing you want to do is come home and do more of the same. And if I'm going to be writing 1,667 words every day (I did math: 50,000/30), I'm not sure how much time I'll have for blogging. But I've put my nose to the grind before and when it comes to writing, I truly don't mind. Once I get started on an idea, its difficult to stop! I wrote my most recent novel in just over three weeks, burning the midnight oil as I tend to be more creative at night. Hitting the 50,000 word goal is not a concern at all!

NaNoWriMo makes it so easy to stay on track and maintain a sense of accountability. You can win participation badges, meet other writers, share a synopsis of your novel, and even participate in events like webinars and "write-ins". I'm not sponsored by the company in any way (all thoughts/ideas in this post are my own), but I do think its a great initiative to help people finally get writing. I've been in the position before of truly wanting to write, having a great story bottled up inside, and not knowing where to start. It took an entire evening just sitting at my laptop, letting words flow, to learn that the easiest way to get started is to just start writing. Starting tomorrow, I plan to do just that. And I will have an entire community to support me and share ideas with as I go!
If you're interested in joining, its not too late. And it's completely free to join. As they are a nonprofit, they do accept donations to help keep the platform running. You can pay for some of the fancier features, but there is no cost to sign up for a basic profile. Check it all out here: https://nanowrimo.org.

Let me know if you're joining in, I'd love to connect! Happy writing!

2 comments:

  1. You wrote your book in THREE WEEKS?? Girl, I'm blown away. That's bananas! (In an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping way.) I always knew you're a doer, but that's another level!

    I'm seriously concerned about not hitting the 50,000 words because I'm a very slow writer, but we will see! Im counting on the thrill of being part of NaNo to pull me along. One more sleep!

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    1. I am loving NaNoWriMo so far! I'm more concerned that I'll focus more on that and less on blogging, sticking to a gym routine, being social...you know, writer problems (lol). But I love that they set it up with an accountability factor by connecting you with so many others doing the same! Cheers to 28 more days of writing!

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