The first time I won NaNoWriMo I was working full-time and had no idea whatsoever that I could write 50,000 words in a month while working a full-time job.
But I did it.
It was a game-changer for me.
No, I’m not some New York Times/USA Today bestselling author and I don’t make enough from my royalties to buy a new car every year. I make some money, yes, but not as much as I’d like or need.
But I’m writing, and I love writing too much not to do it. And most importantly, I’m finishing what I write.
However, before I won NaNo all I’d been doing was jotting down ideas for stories on pieces of papers and occasionally turning out the short-short story.
NaNo showed me I could do it. That I could draft a novel in a month. I still had a lot to learn, of course. And I still do.
That particular NaNo novel is gathering dust in a computer file. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll dust it off and revise it.
But what’s important is that I went on to write more.
I’ve never written a series before. That’s what I’m using NaNo for this year. To start one.
So forget all the nay-sayers who may be telling you can’t or shouldn’t do NaNoWriMo. Personally, I don’t much care for anybody telling me what I can’t or shouldn’t do. Just makes me want to do it all the more.
Trust me, if you search for reasons why you should not do NaNo you’ll find plenty.
If you’re reading this blog it’s because you want to do NaNo this year.
Here are some positive minded folks with advice as to why you should do NaNo.