It’s NaNoWriMo time. Are you taking on the challenge to write a novel in one month?

Think you have what it takes? Don’t think. DO!

It’s National Novel Writing Month 2017, and I’m here to help you make the most of it. Creating a story is hard work, even if you’re blessed with a great imagination and lots of creativity. While art is a major factor, there’s also a large technical side to novel writing. I’ll help you navigate it all, but in this blog, I’m focusing on what exactly NaNoWriMo is and how big it’s gotten.

The Purpose of NaNoWriMo

How many time have you procrastinated your way right out of writing? Every writer does it, and the really great ones tend to do it more than others.

Procrastination happens for many reasons. It’s easy for writing endeavors to get sidelined by life responsibilities. Let’s be honest; unless writing pays the bills, it cannot be a singular priority. Writer’s block can add to the décor of deferment causing you to flounder in frustration for days – even weeks – at a time. But what if I said you don’t have to stay stuck? There’s a month-long event that can boost your creativity and confidence. There’s a place where you can be a modern-day writing Viking and slay words.

It’s called NaNoWriMo.

Starting on November 1st, event participants set to work on accomplishing a singular goal: Writing a 50,000-word novel by the stroke of midnight November 30th. You can read all about the purpose of the event and the nonprofit behind National Novel Writing Month on their official website, but here are the key takeaways:

  • NaNoWriMo is about unleashing your creative superpowers.
  • It’s a unique, freestyle approach to creative writing that values determination and deadlines.
  • Its focus is on support and community.
  • In 2016, 384,126 people participated across six continents.
  • Over 34,000 of 2016 participants met their 50,000-word goal.

Tell Your Story

NaNoWriMo and I share a common conviction: Your story matters.

It’s my belief that everyone has a story and every story deserves to be well told. In fact, helping people tell their story is my mission. It’s why I do what I do.

Every day I work with independent authors who face their own unique creative struggles in the world of self-publishing. I’ve learned that there is never a bad time to tell your story, and your story is worth telling. Your biggest enemies are time and doubt. If you’re not careful, they can suck the life right out of your creative endeavors. That’s the true tragedy – a great story remaining untold.

Thanks to National Novel Writing Month, you can oust those evil enemies. It’s a wonderful event capable of reigniting passion and creativity while stocking up on motivation and determination. And it all hinges on the one thing almost every self-made author struggles with…

The Power of Community

You can write 50,000 words in one month, and it all starts with the right support group.

The NaNoWriMo website is based on community. You can visit it and create a free login to gain access to forums filled with like-minded writers. There’s nothing more inspiring than finding a fun, friendly group of people all working toward the same goal. But the comradery doesn’t stop there.

NaNoWriMo is an international event with volunteers around the globe that organize live, local events for writers. It’s a fantastic way to meet, connect, and maintain your creativity and determination. The event isn’t about secluding yourself for 30 days to write your story. It’s about starting a journey focused on the telling of your unique story during which you have the opportunity to befriend other writers undertaking a similar trek.

Do you ever feel like your friends and family just don’t get you? Does it seem like your knack for writing is the oddity amongst your circles? NaNoWriMo events offer an opportunity to step into a place where you and your talent not only fit but can grow.

Start Your Novel Today

The month has already begun, but it’s not too late to kick-start your novel. First thing’s first, check out the #NaNoPrep events lined up throughout the month and dive in. Next, take a look at the events posted on the official event website, and don’t forget to follow the 2017 NaNo Coaches on Twitter. In fact, the whole event sets Twitter afire during November. Be on the lookout for the following hashtags to see major activity throughout the month:

  • #nanowrimo
  • #NaNoWriMo2017
  • #nanowordsprints
  • #1K30min
  • #amwriting

In the meantime, I’ll be putting out a blog series dedicated to novel writing. In my upcoming posts, I’ll discuss plots, characters, and technical writing topics. Most importantly, I’ll kick off my #AfterWriMo series right around December 1st. Don’t forget to follow my blog for the latest.

National Novel Writing Month is a go, fellow writers! Let’s make it awesome. What are you writing this month? Leave me a comment.

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