NaNoWriMo 2021

NaNoWriMo is so close I can hear the pens scratching the papers and keyboards working hard. Many stories will begin there, and I feel so excited to see what’s coming from it.

I’ve talked about National November Writing Month in the past. I believe there are two posts about it, but it does not matter. It’s always cool to point out the yearly challenge that comes out of it. My previous project, now on hiatus, started there, and even though I’ve already started prepping the next, I plan to put it there to challenge myself. For now, I won’t talk much about that project because there are a few things to be done first, but I’ll make the announcement very soon.

We should remember that NaNoWriMo is a place to challenge yourself to write a certain number of words every day in November. It is to challenge yourself, BUT it does not mean you are forcing yourself to finish your book ready to be published. Also, the challenge does not mean that your story has to end when you reach the goal. The game’s main point is for you to start, WRITE, and keep going and see your progress; make the writing a habit, and keep on forward. If, for whatever reason, you feel some pressure, just drop it; it’ll not mean that you are abandoning your project; it just means that you plan to write at your own rhythm without anything pushing you.

NEVER use the event as a definitive. Every literary work has corrections to make after its first, second or as many drafts as needed. Even if you write your first novel during the challenge, you must keep in mind that the first draft WILL have errors; it won’t be perfect as much as you tried to correct as you write.

Other things to consider are the feelings of win and defeat. Like I said, finishing or dropping the challenge does not mean you won’t get your story ever. If you really want to write a book, what matters here is to keep writing even if you “failed” to reach the word count. Make it a habit, never stop, write without thinking and take breaks as you need them. You are taking a challenge; you don’t live from your books; you probably have an 8:00 am to 5:00 pm job and a family that depends on you. Follow your rhythm, participate and do it for fun and because you want to tell a story.

If you start to feel your writing as work, stop for a moment; wait until you get to editing to know what work is. Ha! Speaking of editing, when you do your draft just go with the flow, do not stop until you have everything done, and then read again, make corrections, get one or more beta readers to have more opinions, make more corrections, AND THEN I hope you have the funds to get an editor. After that process, you can try the traditional way to publish it or go to the self-publish path; it is up to you.

Yeah, I know I went a little ahead, but I wanted to clarify that NaNoWriMo is not the final step. Look at it as a challenge or a game. It won’t be the end of the world if you decide to write at your phase. It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t finish your novel at the end of the month. If you wish to write something, do it; tell the world your story, but make sure to make it the best way possible; work like a professional writer when you finish your novel and plan to publish or self-publish, even if you’re not a professional author!

Words from an expert

As you know, I am not a professional author, so it’s okay if you prefer to ignore my wall of text. I understand that the smartest thing to do most of the time is to follow only the words of an experienced individual or group. Here it is, a video about writing your first novel—from one of the most important fantasy writers that exist today. Do not believe my words; follow his instead!

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2021

  1. Hahaha, you’re spot on about editing being the actual work, because that’s my most-hated part of the entire writing process. Great post here. And great Sanderson vid of choice!

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