Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What is NaNoWriMo and Why Should You Participate? - A Guest Post by Rae Elliott


Yep. A post in honor of NaNoWriMo. You can thank me in the comments. Actually, thank Rae Elliott. She's here today to give us a talk about NaNoWriMo: What it is, why you should participate, and how to succeed. It's an epic post and helpful for everyone, not just people who are joining in on NaNoWriMo. So take a quick break from stressing out about NaNoWriMo or feeling sick after eating too much Halloween candy and read this post: 

“We wanted to write novels for the same dumb reasons twenty-somethings start bands. Because we wanted to make noise. Because we didn’t have anything better to do. And because we thought that, as novelists, we would have an easier time getting dates than we did as non-novelists… I think the scene—full of smack-talk and muffin crumbs on our keyboards—would have rightly horrified professional writers. We had taken the cloistered, agonized novel-writing process and transformed it into something that was half literary marathon and half block party. We called it noveling. And after the noveling ended on August 1, my sense of what was possible for myself, and those around me, was forever changed. If my friends and I could write passable novels in a month, I knew, anyone could do it.”

-Chris Baty creator of National Novel Writing Month and co-founder of Nanowrimo.org 

It’s amazing that a simple bet between friends eighteen years ago has snowballed into an annual tradition that now encompasses more than 310,000 adult novelists, plus an additional 89,500 young writers across the globe. Chris Baty and his gang expanded this annual event to 651 Municipal Liaisons in 595 regions, 650 Come Write In libraries and bookstores, and 2,000 YWP classrooms.

So what then, officially, must you do to be involved in this global event? Who can participate? What does one have to do to get their novel on board?
What is NaNoWriMo and Why Should You Participate? - A Guest Post by Rae Elliott

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?


National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

If you want to participate officially in the NaNoWriMo challenge, you can visit NaNoWriMo.org/sign-up where you can be one of the many writers putting a fire under their bums by sticking to the official deadline.

After signing up, writers are then welcomed to join a forum of fellow writers sticking to the same word count goal and deadline. The forum is a great way to get support, discover tips, talk shop, and receive encouragement from other writers just like you. Not to mention, being part of the forum also acts as a great accountability booster!

IS NANOWRIMO FOR ME?


Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline,NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever considered writing a novel (even if you’ve never written one before!)


Still not sure if you should participate?


OK SO NANOWRIMO IS DEFINITELY FOR ME, BUT I HAVE A LIFE. 

I CAN’T JUST PUT IT ALL ON HOLD TO WRITE A NOVEL!

I have fantastic news for you friend: that means you’re just like everyone else participating in this event. So how do you do it? You absolutely can follow the outline and still live your life- promise! How can I be so certain of this? Because writers just like you have done it- plain and simple. If you’d like to organize your NaNoWriMo writing routine, learn how to write an awesome 50,000 word novel, and still live your life, then check out the NaNoWriMo Kit.

WHAT IF I DON’T WRITE 50,000 WORDS IN 30 DAYS? AM I A FAILURE?


The best part about participating in NaNoWriMo is that no one fails. Yes, the objective is to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days, but if you don’t achieve exactly that, then you’ve by no means failed. You’ve challenged yourself in a fantastic way that benefits your writing technique in the long run. Besides you can absolutely participate again next year and then you’ll be doubly prepared!

Writing everyday for thirty days straight will still have benefited you majorly. How so?
  • You’ll have gained a finely honed writing voice 
  • You’ll have built a healthy daily writing routine 
  • You’ll have gained an appreciation for discipline with writing 
  • You’ll have gained an improved sense of self 
  • You’ll have greater confidence to challenge yourself in other unique ways
So if you’d like to gain any of those things, then NaNoWriMo is still for you.

GOT ANY TIPS FOR SUCCESS?


Having a well-organized routine prepared ahead of time can help you write for success. Episode 4 of #ChatWithHannah discusses awesome tips for NaNoWriMo. I personally appreciated “Have an accountability partner to smack you upside the head.” I’ll need a couple smacks myself, I already know it!

Just remember that NaNoWriMo helps writers like you show yourself what you’re made of. I know you’re capable of achieving exceptional things and that includes #NaNoWriMo2017!

ABOUT RAE

Rae Elliott is a sci fi and fantasy author, writing tips blogger, bunny hugger, barrel rider, snack hoarder, and geek. It’s her strong belief that anyone can write a fandom-worthy novel. Find out more about her organizational tool kit for authors participating in NaNoWriMo here and visit her blog barelyharebooks.com

Awesome post, right? If you want more awesomeness in your life (which you honestly should. If not...why???), you need to follow Rae on her blog and say hello to her on social media! 

Also: No, this week will not bring you two posts. Today is it. No post this Friday. Sorry. Not really. You get one awesome post per week. That's should be enough, right? No? Bummer. 

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