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!