NaNoWriMo

For those who don’t know, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and the idea is that writers try to produce 50,000 words’ worth of writing by the end of the month. That’s 1,666 words a day. Back in 2010 I took part in it and completed it successfully. It was quite a nice experience and I’m quite proud of myself for being able to complete it. Having said that, the quality of the writing I produced was of a very low and I think anybody who thinks that they’ll be able to produce something of high quality will probably be disappointed in themselves. This is a shame, because virtually no one is going to be able to produce 50,000 words of high quality writing in only thirty days and anybody who expects themselves to be able to do is being unfair to themself. NaNoWriMo is about showing you that you can produce a certain amount of work and that your idea will last for 50,000 words, it is not a time to do the impossible. Even if you can’t produce the 50,000 in that time limit, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer; it means you don’t have as much free time or you write at a slower place. Whatever happens, if you are doing NaNoWriMo, I hope it’s worthwhile.

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