I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo 2016!
For those of you who aren’t aware, this is a yearly competition for writers all over the world who come together and challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. It’s often used by writers to complete a first draft, although you could always rebel and continue something you’ve already started working on!
I have really spoken about my love for writing on this blog before, even though it’s something I’ve enjoyed for years. It’s something I try and do most days, so when I first discovered this competition last year, I knew I had to join in! There are incentives for winning, too, in the form of discount codes for writing software and the chance to buy exclusive merchandise. While I don’t personally take advantage of these offers because I’m a broke college student, the feeling of winning is great, too!
When I took part in this competition in 2015, I had very little experience of writing to a deadline, and I’d never planned what I’d written. Subsequently, the novel I produced was mostly unsalvagable, even though I have since tried to rescue what I’ve written. While it’s personally not something I’d do again, I know there are many people who do go in without a plan and do really well!
Instead of following last year’s mistakes, I’ve been planning the novel I plan to write since the last week in September. I’ve even invested in a notebook to keep all of my ideas organised, because I’m that dedicated. Having a pinterest board about the novel for inspiration when I need it will definitely come in handy, too. I’m also a lot busier than I was last year, so going to these lengths will prove invaluable as time goes on, I hope!
One thing this competition has made me realise is that I can achieve a lot if I put my mind to it. Last year, I didn’t even think I’d reach the 50,000 word minimum, and I beat it. I’m three days into the competition this time around, and I’m far more confident in reaching my goal. However, even if it does seem way out of your comfort zone, why not try it anyway? Even if you don’t reach 50,000 words you’ve still written more than you probably would have otherwise.
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,