With just over a week left in October, the annual NaNoWriMo craze has begun – and this year I’m joining it! If you’re one of the few people who have never heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), it’s a 30 day writing spree that starts November 1st and ends on November 30th. To ‘win’ you have to write 50,000 words, or around 1,666 words a day.
So why am I participating in NaNoWriMo?
1. I’m on a time crunch
My first book, The Rancher’s Runaway Bride, was written at a slow and steady pace while I went to school full time and worked full time. The sequel needs to be written at a much faster pace and November is conveniently the easiest month for me to sit down and put my nose to the keyboard.
2. It makes me accountable
Let’s be honest, there are days when you know you should be typing away at your computer but Netflix sucks you in. We’ve all been there, and NaNoWriMo is going to (hopefully) keep me from going there for a solid month. If I have a set number of words to reach in a set number of time I’ll be able to tell when I’m falling behind and need to put the remote down.
3. The community is amazing
My first book was written in secret, so naturally I’ve decided to blog about the writing process for the second. Soooooo many people participate in NaNoWriMo and the atmosphere is amazing. Being a part of a group of people going through the same thing as you is inspiring a motivating, making it that much more likely you’ll actually finish your 50,000 words.
4. I’m competitive
This goes hand in hand with reason #2. I’m a super competitive person, so if I can find a way to put pressure on my word count and make it a challenge I’ll push myself that much harder.
5. It’s fun!
The last and most important reason! NaNoWriMo is just plain fun. I’ve always been jealous of those who participated, and now I’m finally going to do it!