Whoa, honestly, where did last month go? Seems like these fall and holiday months always slip right by us, you know? Next thing we know, its middle of February and feels like the cold will never end. Sigh.
Anyway, I totally forgot that today was the first day of Nanowrimo. I should have been planning and outlining and creating some kind of character list. Last year I worked on a novel that’s been in the works for awhile, and its definitely grown so much since then. And even though I never made my word count goal, that focus I had on that story for a month really paid off. I think I’ll do something similar this year.
Here are some reasons why I think all writers should participate in Nanowrimo at least once in their lives:
The brainstorming possibilities.
This goes without saying. When you are forced to write a lot in a short amount of time, you have to make a lot of decisions for your characters. This makes you explore possibilities in your story that you might not have thought of before.
You learn how to write a novel.
If this is your first try at writing a novel in the month of November, no worries! There are a lot of first timers out there and they are here to help. You’ll be learning about plot, crafting a beginning, middle and end, and sometimes you’ll learn that some stories start out in the middle.
If you have questions, remember: you are not alone.
Get online, create an account and feel part of the community of writers. Invite your friends, make some friends and celebrate! This is the month for writers!
Will you Nanowrimo this year? I’d love to hear about it!