I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo on and off since 2002. More on than off over the past decade. One of the most important things I’ve learned from participating in National Novel Writing Month is that the event is what you make of it. It can be a fun, interesting, time filled with camaraderie, though a bit hectic and chaotic. Some people say that NaNoWriMo doesn’t promote quality, but that isn’t true–what they actually promote is:
Write a novel in a month!
Track your progress.
Get pep talks and support.
Meet fellow writers online and in person.
The quality of your work is up to you. The amount of words you write is up to you. Do you have a deadline? Yes, and they suggest that if you write 1667 words per day during the 30 days you will complete the 50,000 word goal. However, I know people who participate in NaNoWriMo and they only write during the week, so they divide the 50K word count goal by 20-22 days, while others write only on the weekends. I tend to write much more during the first week so that I have a bit of cushion during the week of Thanksgiving because I know I’ll be really busy with family over the holiday.
I love being part of the NaNoWriMo writing community. Not only is the writing community supportive, but since writing is such a solitary endeavor it’s really nice to be part of a something bigger than just my own writing, but the writing community on a whole. Inspiring and motivating others, being inspired and motivated by others.
I invite you to check out the website http://nanowrimo.org and see what you think for yourself. It’s awesome and amazing, and they do a much better job of explaining what NaNoWriMo is all about.