Why I love NaNoWriMo

Do any of you watch Project Runway? My husband and I love it. My favorite part about the whole season is the second to last episode, where the final designers are visited by Tim Gunn at their homes. During this time, they are given just weeks to create an entire fashion line. I get a kick out of seeing their workspaces. There’s something so appealing to me about dedicating time to just one project, and fully investing in it and letting it consume your life for just that time.

That’s why I love participating in writing challenges like National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo). Historically, NaNoWriMo is held every November, but the popularity of the challenge allowed them to host other writing challenges throughout the year. For the uninitiated NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge to complete a 50,000 word novel in just one month. The April and July challenges can be used to complete any type of writing project (such as a script/screenplay). It’s a fun opportunity to make writing a priority. I’m very goal/deadline-oriented (thanks, journalism) so it works well for me to focus solely on project for a month at a time and let myself fully invest in it.

I’ve signed up to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, beginning July 1. I completed a novel during NaNoWriMo last November; in April, I dedicated the month to revising and improving it. In July, I’m starting a new novel. My goal is to have three completed novels before I start trying to get something published.

Let me know if you’re participating!

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2 thoughts on “Why I love NaNoWriMo

  1. I love the social aspect of NaNo. Writing is very solitary, but when NaNo happens there’s so many writers on the forums, talking about writing and non-writing. It’s lovely. (And counter-productive to achieving NaNo goals.) All of us working towards similar goals is pretty amazing too.

    Good luck with July!

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