National Novel Writing Month | NaNoWriMo

Think of all the time you spend being ‘unproductive’. I’m not talking about relaxation, exercise, making food, reading or anything that provides some benefit. I’m talking TV time, trashy magazine time and staring aimlessly time.

What if you could take all those ‘wasted’ hours and create something worth being proud of? For many people, creating content, whether that’s video, audio or text is one accomplishment that always seems better left to someone else.

Every year it becomes easier to put these things off. But what if you could find a group that for one month banded together to encourage other people just like them? What if these people could help you spend 1-2 hours a day for 30 days working on a project you can a) be proud of and b) show off for the world to see?

I hope you’d start now.

This November, and every November for 13 years running, National Novel Writing Month has helped those dreaming of a novel encouragement along the way. The goal is to write 50,000 words (about 175 pages) in one month. Undoubtedly, NaNoWriMo looks daunting at first.

It’s around 1667 words per day, every day for 30 days. The key is to not self edit, and to just write without putting a ton of thought into the actual words on the page. Outlines are encouraged, but the only goal is to get to 50,000 words. Whether those 50k words read great together isn’t the purpose of NaNoWriMo. Save that part for the editing stage.

“But,” a naysayer may ask. “Who cares about writing a novel? What if we don’t? Writing 50k words in one month seems like a waste of my time.”

Nope. Wrong.

NaNoWriMo’s greatest gift is that it forces everyone participating to do three things: 1) Set a goal–50k words in 30 days, 2) Write in groups–often awkward, but here it’s encouraged, and 3) Practice, practice and more practice.

Most of us don’t realize how important written communication is, but it’s easily our most-used form of conversing with each other. Add up all the texts, IMs, memos, emails and letters we create each year and you’ll see that we all spend a ton of time writing, but not much time practicing it.

Here’s your chance to finally write those blog posts (do one a day for 30 days!), visualize what you want to do in life (write a book about your life, but set it 20 years from now) or give Stephanie Meyer some competition (do not do this, even as a joke).

Get to writing. We’ll be your managed WordPress host and publish your work when you get back.

1 Comment

  1. John Hawkins
    John Hawkins

    A few years back I wrangled a group of friends in to joining nanowrimo. I would love to tell you that we all succeeded. Sadly, that’s not the case. Actually, I don’t think any of us finished, which is kinda sad. I’d love to give it another shot, though!

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