NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) is basically a way for–aspiring or veteran–writers from every place on Earth to gather and share with its community their work. NaNoWriMo has a goal: 50,000 words during November. That doesn’t mean your novel has to be 50,000 words; it is just a goal for anyone to reach and motivate them to keep going!
For some people this might be weird in many ways because it’s hard–almost impossible–to write something good within a time limit like that. That’s not the point though. If I have to describe it myself, I’d say this is a place where you challenge yourself, like in a videogame, to DO WRITE that story that’s been hidden in your head for so long. To me, this could be myself playing the role of a developer creating a new IP (intellectual property) from the beginning to the end. Still, I know this keeps the same thing floating: it is almost impossible to write a good story in a month, taking it that 50,000 words is the minimum count for something be considered a novel. Specially if you have the dream to write an epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), The Stormlight Archive (Sanderson), or similar.
I believe the main purpose of NaNoWriMo is to enjoy yourself writing. Interact with the community, see if it has any resources to help you in your writing quest, or simply to push those words out of you!
We need to remember something: there’s not a perfect creation out there, and even those things you felt well-polished (poems, songs, games, books, TV shows), required a lot of repetition and editing.
NaNoWriMo is just here to let YOU see your own progress; that project, or story, you always wanted to see on paper, to be printed on paper or just digitally for others to read. That’d be just the first step! After you’d completed this challenge, CONGRATULATIONS, you’ll find yourself taking the second step: EDIT!
EDIT EDIT EDIT! NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE! Edit as much as needed. Start by yourself, read and correct your story, your grammar; remove everything that seems out of place, or add is something’s missing. It might take two or more readings, but once you’re done, look for someone you trust and is willing to give you a hand and good critique on your work. Same as the previous step, do it more than once or twice if possible. This is your creation after all, you might want to make it look good!
"Keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard." Marissa Meyer
To summarize, I think NaNoWriMo is a good web resource for writers, specially aspiring ones, to make their work a real thing and not just a daydream photo. After beating the challenge, go and make your girl/boy look pretty/handsome!
Should I participate? I’ll probably do, now that I am talking about this.
Personal note: it feels weird to talk as if I could actually give any advice when I haven’t achieved anything as a writer, to be honest; I am writing my first book in this language, and it’s being a hell of a challenge.
I guess this whole post/article/blog is just for me, trying to give myself that advice no one has ever given to me. If this post actually helps someone else, I’ll feel very happy.