Who Should Participate in NaNoWriMo?
It's that time of year again, when thousands of intrepid novelist-wannabes across America hunker down with some coffee and get to work on the next bestseller. Well, that's the pitch anyways. National Novel Writing Month takes place every November and is free to participate in. The rules are simple: write 50,000 words. It can be a silly, disjointed word salad for all the organizers care; they just want you to write your heart out for one month of the year. For those who already write regularly, NaNoWriMo is a bit redundant. Many criticize the program for stressing quantity over quality, and publishers lament the sudden tide of NaNo submissions in December and January.
However, despite these grumblings from more established sources, NaNoWriMo can be a positive experience for many people. This article covers those who would get the most out of kick-starting their writing career.
Have you had that great idea floating around in your head for months, or even years, but never seem to find the time to get it on paper? NaNoWriMo is geared toward you. The whole idea behind the program is to get the hardest part over quickly. Writing a first draft is where most ambitious authors stall out. With deadlines, reminders, and community support, if you can't get the book done during NaNo, you never will.
Another big block for would-be writers is what NaNo fondly calls 'your inner editor.' NaNoWriMo espouses the philosophy that it's just fine for a first draft to be bilge in ink form. If you can never get more than a few thousand words without throwing up your hands in disgust, commit to NaNoWriMo. Even if your draft is so illegible as to require burning next December, it will at least have taught you to relax, get the words out, and worry about editing later.
NaNoWriMo has a special program for kids and teenagers. The Young Writers Program allows participants to set their own goals in a fun and challenging environment. Kids learn how to work with discipline while still exercising creativity and without facing criticism. Plus, knowing that they completed NaNo is a great confidence booster for aspiring young authors. I have to say, I could take or leave the adult NaNoWriMo, but I think the Young Writers Program is awesome.
Everyone goes into National Novel Writing Month with slightly different motives. I personally participate because I enjoy supporting others, I write at least the daily amount anyways, and because the editing community in December and January are very helpful. Things can get a bit silly, but even if most of the novels that come out of November are little more than a sad diatribe against squirrels and coffee, it's a great, massive way to challenge yourself and just maybe come out with something great.
If anyone would like to join up, there's still plenty of time! Head to www.nanowrimo.org and start writing today!
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