Nanowrimo has officially begun, and I just wanted to share some quick writerly words of encouragement. Nanowrimo is such a wonderful time of the year, but I also know that it can create a lot of pressure. Don’t worry if you miss a few days or even a week. As long as you end up with more words than you started, then you will have won in my book. Winning Nano is awesome, but it’s really the experience and the community that foster so much joy.
I know because of school, I can’t commit to writing 50K words of a first draft. I’m going to be primarily outlining during Nano. It’s ok if you want to change Nano to fit your needs. Nano doesn’t have rules, just suggestions/guidelines. The community and atmosphere are awesome regardless if you’re drafting, plotting, editing, etc.
I also know that I put a lot of pressure on myself when I write because I want the book to be great and impact others. I always tell myself that the first draft is just for me, and I wanted to pass that advice on. Sometimes I put so much pressure on myself that I get disappointed when the first draft doesn’t live up to what I envisioned. But that’s the thing about drafts, they’re living documents. They can grow and change, but they can’t do that if they aren’t written.
Most of all, have fun! Whether or not you finish the month haven written one line, one paragraph, one chapter, or one book, I really hope this Nano is an awesome one for you!
Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!