NaNoWriMo. That’s all.
Yes, it has begun! We’re in full NaNoWriMo season around here. At this point, it’s difficult to open my mouth without something pertaining to NaNoWriMo popping out. Oh, you like to write? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? You’re planning for Thanksgiving? Have you factored in NaNoWriMo time? You love soft, adorable, fluffy bunnies? Guess what? NaNoWriMo is filled with them! (well, of the plotting variety anyway)
And it’s not too late to join! It could be November 29th and it still wouldn’t be too late! But maybe you still have doubts. Maybe you’re still hesitant or nervous or have twenty newborn bunnies to take care of. Well, whatever it is that’s holding back, let me tell you this: Baby bunnies are adorable.
Oh, and you should still try NaNoWriMo if you even have an inkling that you might enjoy it. Because why let fear stop you from doing something fun?
6 Reasons You Should Join NaNoWriMo
1. It has a fantastic community
Seriously guys, I’ve probably already mentioned this about thirty-seven times already, but I’m going to say it again. The NaNoWriMo community is amazing. I’ve never been a part of an online community that so staunchly wanted everyone to succeed. No matter what ails you, the NaNo community will back you up. Stuck on a plot-hole? They’ll leap to aid with a dozen possible ideas. Afraid your writing is garbage? Prepare to be overloaded with warm hugs and positive quips. Feeling overwhelmed and need a break? Don’t stress, we only want what’s best for you and your health. I know it can be intimidating jumping into a forum full of strangers, but take comfort in knowing we’re all in the same position. We just want to write and cheer each other on!
2. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet
Always wanted to write a book but too scared of the commitment? After all, some authors are notorious for taking years to complete a book, who has that kind of time? What if you write and end up hating it? Never fear! NaNoWriMo is here to serve you! In the grand scheme of things, as exciting as it all is, NaNo is ONLY one month long. That’s it. It’s not even a long month either. Just 30, simple days of devoted, non-stop writing. At the end of it all, if you decide writing is not for you, there’s an easy exit. No sweat!
3. It’ll always be there for you
NaNoWriMo began in 1991 with only 21 participants. Let that sink in a bit for a moment. It’s been almost 20 years since NaNoWriMo first began, and in that time hundreds of thousands of people have signed up, millions of dollars have been raised and billions of words have been written. With each passing year it only gets bigger, better and more fun! So don’t worry if you stumble for a year or two, because NaNoWriMo will always have your back.
4. No matter what, you’ll end up with more words than you started
Unless you literally start, you are guaranteed to come out with more words at the end of the month. It’s that simple. Whether it’s a paragraph, a page or a single sentence, the point is that you wrote something. Would you have written it whether or not you had joined NaNo? Maybe. Or maybe NaNo gave you that push to even try.
While the push for 50k is fantastic, truthfully there’s a huge portion of writers who simply like to use NaNoWriMo as a means of getting themselves in gear. If writing is merely a hobby or constantly shoved to the bottom of your to-do list, having a huge event with thousands of writers cheering you on can be great motivation to get started. You’re going to wind up writing something, and even if it’s not the amount you wanted, it’s important not to devalue your words. You wrote them. Be proud of them.
5. It’s a fantastic way to learn
Learning is fun, remember? And there are about 523 new things you can learn just by joining NaNo! What kinds of thing you may ask? Well, just off the top of my head:
- Tools and tricks from well-seasoned writers to aid your writing journey
- Genres and books you might have overlooked before are actually amazing
- The art of writing in even the most awkward of situations (like the dentists chair)
- How to be a ninja and sneak away from friends and family to get in more writing time
- What your favorite writing drink is (coffee? tea? PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG?)
- How many baby bunnies can you have until you experience cuteness overloads (Answer: Impossible, you can never have too many baby bunnies)
6. It’s tons of fun!
IT’S FUN!! Sometimes I think people start taking NaNo way too seriously, wrapped up in a million rules about inner-editors and caffeine. But take a step back and remember that NaNo is all about one thing: Writing and having fun! Okay, so two things. My point is, do NaNo however is most fun for YOU. Want to start early? Go for it. Or maybe you want to experiment and genre hop or write short stories or only write 10,000 words. Whatever you do, make yourself happy. NaNoWriMo is not so serious. Just have fun!
I know, I know, as blasphemous as it for my tender ears to hear, NaNoWriMo isn’t for everyone. But if it’s fear or rules or perfectionism or other people that’s holding you back? Well it’s time to cast off those worries and fly free! Fly with me! Together we can come out on the other side of this crazy thing known as NaNoWriMo, perhaps a bit more disheveled than we began, but undoubtedly happier (and with more words for our novels too boot)!
Are you ready to join NaNoWriMo yet? Did you finish your outline or are you just going to dive in with your eyes closed? How are you going to beat off the mid-month blues? Let’s party people, it’s NaNoWriMo time!!!