The Perks of Tackling NaNoWriMo

The wait is almost over, just a few short hours until NaNoWriMo officially kicks off. Now I’m not so dedicated that I’ll be getting up at midnight to start writing, but hats off to all those who will.

For my last post before NaNo I found a great article by Kerri Jarema over at Bustle that outlines the benefits of taking part in NaNo even if you don’t “win” and make it to 50,000 words by the end of the month. I’ve written before about how winning isn’t everything when it comes to NaNoWriMo and Jarema’s article really hits that point home:

If you’ve been avoiding NaNoWriMo because you don’t think you’ll ever be able to finish your novel in 30 days, I urge you to take part anyway. You might surprise yourself and knock out your whole book in only 20 days. Or you might find that flexing your writing muscles every day, thinking more about the kind of writer you want to be, and finding support from a bunch of other publishing hopefuls like yourself is even better than racking up those 50k words.

At the end of the day becoming a better, more disciplined writer is my goal for my first foray into NaNo.

I’m going to do my level best to hit my word count, but that’s secondary. For the rest of the month please expect posts to appear sporadically and not significantly long. I would like to at least post a daily word count, but I think that barely counts as a post.

Best of luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo! You can find me on the NaNo site as blockandtacklewriter if you’d like to buddy up or follow along on my progress. All see you all on the other side and happy writing!

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