How Nanowrimo May Help Me Next Level My Writing

Two days from now, I’ll be putting my current book project on hold for a month. The reason? I am going to be participating in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo). Would you consider joining me? 

I’ll continue to post updates on the development of my own writing habit, but November will be dedicated to exploring Nanowrimo. While I have written the draft of a novel before, this will be my first time participating in Nanowrimo. If any readers have experience or tips to share, I’d love to hear it. Also, if you decide to try writing a novel, please let me know! I’d love to keep each other motivated. 

There’s an official site for Nanowrimo. I’ll be creating a profile and using the site to track my progress. The site uses a gamified system of badges to incentivize consistency. If a writer successfully completes the goal of 50,000 words, they get to record their name among the list of winners on the site and print out an official certificate. (Obviously, the real goal is to create lots of content—these little perks are just meant to keep a writer focused.) Completing the event will be my primary writing focus for next month, along with regularly updating this blog. It’s going to be crazy. Don’t let me flake out!

I’m very attracted to the mentality of the Nanowrimo. The emphasis rests on reaching the goal of 50,000 words, regardless of whether the novel is complete. The point is to get into the habit of writing, rather than stressing perfect execution. (Sound familiar? That’s the whole point of Beyond the Blinking Cursor.) Looking forward to a productive month!