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Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

It’s the first day of #nanowrimo ! Who’s excited? I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year. I managed to write 54K in 26 days and sort of gave myself a break for the remainder of the month since I had already surpassed my 50K goal. I decided to participate again this year, although I won’t be pushing myself to reach 50K. Instead, my goal is to simply write every day for the entire month of November without worrying about the word count.

Here are some of the things I loved about participating in NaNoWriMo:

1). Being able to write creatively and freely

After having been writing history for years, having the freedom to delve more into creative writing was such a breath of fresh air for me. I’m not saying that writing history isn’t fun, but as historians, we constantly have to check facts and support them with reliable evidence, so moving from that was a relief for me. I felt I was breaking free from the box that the world of academia had me boxed in.

2). Writing every single day

For 26 straight days, I wrote approximately 2K words per day. That’s more than I had ever written in a month’s worth. Participating in NaNoWriMo helped my writing process and served as a perfect starting point for my current WIP. 

3). Being proud of myself

As writers, we are constantly second-guessing our craft, our abilities. We can be so harsh and unnecessarily mean to our own selves (at least I am). So, having written 50K plus words in a month filled my heart with an unsurpassable sense of pride. Even if not all words were “good” words, I was still on a high for a few weeks after winning just because of how proud I was of the fact that I had “won” NaNoWriMo.

Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know below!

11 thoughts on “Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo

  1. A great post — it’s so true. Writing from the flow of words seems to inspire our creativity. It’s such fun to create a world that did not exist until my mind, my thoughts, my fingers type it into reality. Good luck!

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  2. I’m participating this year. I did nano last year too and while I didn’t win, it was so freeing to allow myself to just write, focusing more on getting the words out onto the screen, than on whether it was perfect. I agree that many writers, myself included, are their own worst critics. Being able to switch that inner critic off and simply dive in is refreshing.

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  3. I’m keeping up so far with 1,517 words. I skipped yesterday but spent it daydreaming at work. I’m not a big planner but the dream state has helped me prepare for when “inspiration” isn’t available. Hope everyone is doing well! Thanks for sharing this post.

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