I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve done Nanowrimo. I’ve been participating unofficially for years, but I only joined the website and the Nanowrimo online community 2 or 3 years ago.
What is Nanowrimo? It’s short for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a challenge for those who’ve ever dreamed of writing a novel to sit down and get to it. Everyone has their methods – mine is to get ahead of the 1667 per day word goal and stay ahead of it because there will be days when writing just doesn’t happen for me. But somehow I always get to the 50,000 word goal. No matter how you get there, the goal is to write 50,000 words between November 1-30.
Regardless of how you do it, it’s a wonderful exercise for writers. It helps you get in the habit of writing everyday. Honestly, I get a bit of writer’s fatigue after it and I sort of drop off and go back to old (bad) habits. But still, it is my most productive writing month of every year by far. Also, it’s a great way to find local writers if you want to join a writing group. They have several online communities where you can find local meet-ups. They also have online write-ins that you can participate in, tips from authors, motivating e-mails, etc.
I’m not gonna do Nanowrimo the normal way this year. I’m going to use it as a platform to edit and finish my 2015 Nanowrimo novel. It’s gone through a few major edits but I just want to finish the darn thing at this point. I love to write, but I’ve discovered about myself (at least when it comes to writing) that I have a finishing problem. And damn it, I’m going to finish this one if it’s the last thing I do!
Do you Nanowrimo? Have you finished anything? Published anything?