NaNoWriMo, if you haven’t heard of it before, stands for National Novel Writing Month. The main event occurs every November, starting on the first of the month right through to the 30th. The aim is to write 50,000 words of a novel over the course of the month.
Today I will be going through my reasons for taking part in NaNoWriMo this year.
I want to continue with my new habit of writing every day
I mentioned in a previous post that I have been writing these Blogtober posts off the cuff each evening. Blogtober has forced me to spare some time to think creatively every day and commit to a project. I would like to keep this habit going next month but transfer it from blogging to writing fiction. Hopefully this habit will stick after two months of daily writing.
I don’t want to procrastinate anymore
I have a ring-binder on the go with separate sections for one of my story ideas (I have two in my head at the moment). A lot of prep work has been done. Now I need to commit to actually writing some scenes rather than just planning them. I feel like I’ve put so much work into the ideas that I’ve missed out the most important step of creating a novel: writing.
I want to finish a writing project
I have tonnes of half-finished stories on my computer. This year I want finally finish a first draft. I might not finish it all during NaNoWriMo but 50,000 should allow me to make a good dent in it then hopefully I can finish it in December, ready for editing in the new year.
Having a creative outlet is a good way to de-stress
I have stressful days at work sometimes (my dog can attest to this as she listens to me rant when I come home). As the days are shorter now it’s hard to feel like I have a proper life outside of work. Dedicating time to a personal project like writing helps me feel like there’s more to life than my day job.
Most importantly, I’m doing NaNoWriMo because writing is fun for me.
Are you planning on taking part in NaNoWriMo this year or have you done it before?