This past month I participated in National Novel Writing Month (also known as "NaNoWriMo"). It was fun, exhausting, stressful and, at times, miserable. But it was also one of the greatest lessons I've ever learned regarding time management and creativity.
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This one is for the hardcore novel writers who are doubting themselves, the ones who committed last month to writing 50,000 words in 30 days, but then... uh, something happened.
One of the best things about NaNoWriMo, or any terrifying deadline, is that it forces you to write quickly. (Hello, procrastinators.) If writing quickly is your stated goal, then you don't have time to do the number one thing that interrupts your writing flow: Think about whether what you're writing is good.
How's NaNoWriMo going? Do you have 20 per cent of a novel on your hard drive yet? If not, maybe you're having trouble thinking of what to write. Fortunately, there's a place on nanowrimo.org that is full of ideas ripe for the stealing.
This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it's part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I've never published these novels, but I grow as a writer and as a human being every time I write one. Let me tell you why it's worthwhile.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo and that means that if you haven't started your story yet, now is the perfect time. Writing has a ton of mental and emotional benefits, so let's get started! Here are some tools that will help.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know, and already hundreds of thousands of participants will be busily writing as part of their journey to becoming novelists. Yet those who have to balance novel writing with full time work, family and social life might find it hard to know when to take a spare moment to write. Should you set your alarm an hour early and power through your writing before breakfast, or sit down after dinner when all the day's work is done? How about a sneaky lunchtime writing sesh? One scientific study claims to have solved this conundrum once and for all.
Accuracy matters, as we never tire of pointing out here at Mind Your Language. But what if you're undertaking the NaNoWriMo challenge, where you have to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month? Does it make sense to worry about spelling when you're trying to churn out 1700 words a day, or should you press on regardless?
At the beginning of the month, I kicked off a planned month of novel writing by taking on the NaNoWriMo project for the third time. Today is the last day of the month, and to complete it successfully I should have written a complete novel of at least 50,000 words by now. I've managed that twice before, but this year I abandoned the attempt. This is why.
November starts tomorrow, and for me that means just one thing: National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, where participants challenge themselves to write an entire novel of at least 50,000 words in a month. I successfully completed the task in 2010 and 2011, but I have more ambitious plans this time around.