It was difficult, and I thought of quitting several times, but one month and 50,000 words later, I accomplished my goal of participating in my first Nanowrimo competition ever and making it all the way to the end.
For those of you unfamiliar with this competition, it’s called the National Novel Writing Month, and it is a brilliant way to write that novel you’ve been putting off for so long. Basically, you have exactly one month, from the first of November to the 30th, to write a 50,000 word story. It’s not the kind of competition where you win a prize or anything. The biggest thing to take away from it is the fact that you now know you are capable of writing 50,000 words in only a month, which is both a huge confidence boost and a great motivator. The quality of the book doesn’t matter during this time; editing can wait until december, after the book is finished. At the end, if you managed to make the deadline, then the website where you verify your novel presents you with a certificate, physical proof that you are a winner.
It really is an amazing experience. There are write-in’s set up where you can join up with others in the competition and write alongside them. For the ones I went to, the people running the write-in made it into a sort of race, where you had to pick a number from a box, and that was how many words you had to write within a set time limit. It really gets you to think on your feet, and to look past the minor details that you would normally obsess on until you became sick of looking at your work.
They hold this competition every year, and it happens all around the world. If you’re interested, and already have come ideas for stories, you can follow this link to find out more about it: Nanowrimo
Without writers, there would be no books, and who would want to live in a world without books?! Don’t let things like word block and time constraints keep you from writing the next epic adventure. Write on!