It’s time for writer worldwide to commit a certain amount of their time and creativity to NaNoWriMo 2018!
For those who’ve done this before, you know the drill – find us on NaNoWriMo: lehamm9 and superopie.
For newcomers, I’ll give a brief overview of what to look forward to!
NaNoWriMo is a month out of the year where writers gather and encourage one another to create and finish a book in 30 days. Seems pretty intense right?
Some people pull off writing a book and others use this as a time to plan and prepare for a novel. You don’t necessarily have to write an entire epic, it can be a collection of short stories, poetry, novella, or CNF. You can work on a new screenplay, essays, or biography. There’s really no limit to what you can work on, just so long as you’re writing and documenting your word count daily.
In the past, I’ve only pulled off an entire month once. It’s an extremely hard, somewhat taxing commitment to make, especially when you’re a busy person. Being a writer, whether professionally or as a hobby, can be hard. Part of it means developing good time management. NaNoWriMo forces you to learn to set aside a certain amount of time during your day to work on whatever project(s) you’ve committed to. It’s to help you develop good habits to carry on through the year.
In fact, once November is over you can continue your project with the support of NaNoWriMo through the “Now What?” months. Instead of abandoning the project, NaNoWriMo works to help you continue on, encouraging you and offering help with writers block.
There’s also a shop where you can display your support and decision to commit through t-shirts, mugs, or a thermos!
There are some neat features offered to writers while they work:
- upload a cover for your project
- participation, writing, and achievement badges
- writing goals
- writing buddies
- NaNo Prep and NaNo Events
- word count helpers
So, have a book you’re wanting to start and just haven’t yet? Feeling stuck on a project that you wish would just advance already? Need support? NaNoWriMo offers you the chance to make connections with new and experienced writers willing to read and offer advice.