We are at the brink of madness, and the world as you know it will completely change. The next coming weeks will test your wit, stamina, and dedication. It’s time to forget your Netflix recommendations, and return back to your creative roots because November 1st is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. So hurry and find your pen and paper–it’s not too late to start your creative work.For those who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, the project originally started in the late 90s, and has been going strong ever since. The goal for the participants in NaNoWriMo is to complete a 50,000-word novel during November. Generally, in order to complete your novel during November, you have to write 1,667 words everyday. However, your novel is under your complete control and you’re able to complete it at any pace you desire. It’s YOUR November novel and the form can range from standard chapters to poetic form. In case you’re a little hesitant, below are some tips and proof that NanoWriMo is possible.
1. Write about something you’re passionate about and know— for example a novel based on your life would be a great place to start.
2..Tell people you’re participating in NaNoWriMo—a little peer pressure may provide an extra push to finish your work.
3. Don’t be a perfectionist—write your creative piece and don’t fret over every misplaced comma.
4. Set time out everyday that you will allow you to work on your novel—unless your computer is haunted, your novel is not going to write itself.
5. Make sure that you have Fun!–NanoWriMo is supposed to be a fun way to promote creativity and not the perfect way to drive you insane.
Millions of writers participate in NanoWriMo every year and have had success. For example, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was a product of NaNoWriMo. If the pessimistic writer in you is still hesitant, below is video documenting a woman’s wonderful experience during NaNoWriMo.
What are you waiting for? The beginning of NanoWriMo is only hours away. So, tell your friends and go grab pen because it’s time for the creative madness to begin. Good Luck, and may the creative odds be ever in your favor.