I’m Taking Part In NaNoWriMo 2016!
I think I should start by explaining what NaNoWriMo is, for those of you who aren’t aware. In short, it is an international competition where writers from all over the world come together and attempt to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November. A lot of people, including myself, use this time to complete the first draft of a novel.
I haven’t spoken about my love for fiction writing much on this blog before, but it’s something I really enjoy and therefore something I try to make time for several times a week. With that being said, when I first discovered National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short) last year, I knew I had to take part. In return for winning the competition, writers receive discount codes for writing related prizes, and the chance to buy merchandize specifically created for competition winners. I don’t personally take advantage of these prizes myself (I’m a broke student), but the accomplishment of winning is still a great feeling.
When I took part in the competition last year, in November 2015, I had very little experience when it came to writing to a deadline, and went in without much of a plan. Subsequently, I got stuck halfway through and ended up writing something unsalvageable, no matter how many times I’ve gone back and tried to make something of it. I know there are many people who take part in this competition who can go in and write something without a plan, but I now know that I am definitely not one of those.
This year, I’ve learnt from my mistakes and had planned my novel from the last week in September in the run up to November, even investing in a notebook to keep all of my ideas in one place. Having a Pinterest board about the novel there for inspiration when I need inspiration is great, too. It’s probably a good thing that I’ve gone to these lengths to be prepared this year, anyway, as I am a lot busier than I was last year and I know there are some days where, for one reason or another, I won’t be able to write at all.
Before starting this competition, I didn’t think I’d reach the 50,000 word count at all. With college assignments and social events making me busier than I am in the rest of the year, I was definitely concerned, but now that I’m three days into the competition I’m much more confident. However, if for some reason I don’t manage to reach the 50,000 word count goal, I’ll be happy enough knowing that I wrote anything at all.
Are you taking part in NaNo? If so, please feel free to tell me about your novel/project(s) below. You can also add me as a buddy, here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/bekah-louise
Until next time,