Thursday, October 16, 2014

NaNoWriMo: Are you thinking about it?

I LOVE November - not just for the fall flavors, the boots, and the chilly crisp air but also because it's the one time of year that I stick to a writing schedule.

I've done NaNoWriMo for 6 years now and I'll be working on my 7th this year. I love it and here's why:

1. Everyone knows I do it, so I'm not pressured into saying yes for other things this month
2. I write Daily (or almost daily, I do take some days off)
3. The creative juices flow and I get into the heads of my characters
4. I feel accomplished after hitting my word count for the day
5. I talk about writing on twitter with other writers - and it's all encouraging
6. I know the words don't have to be perfect -they just have to be there (This was tripping me up before whenever I started writing, but thanks to the short window, now it doesn't matter. I have all the time in the world to go back and fix them.)
7. I have a plotting dinner date with my husband each year before November at the restaurant of my choice. He listens to me plot and offers suggestions when I get stuck.

So, if you're on the fence, bite the bullet and do it. You won't regret it!

Also, I've written a few handy tips here and here should you still be deciding.

When you join up, don't forget to friend me! (YA Book Nerd of course)

1 comment:

F.T. Bradley said...

I am actually considering doing NaNo for the first time this year. I love your plotting dinner date idea! I think I'll steal that one... :-)