By Jacob Repucci'19
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an important fixture in my year. It’s become a holiday of sorts where the story I’ve daydreamed about for the past year can finally be brought to life on the page.
I should back up and explain what I’m talking about. NaNoWriMo is an event that takes place over the course of the month of November, where authors all over the world endeavor to write a certain amount of words (traditionally 50,000) of a novel before the end of the month. If that sounds like it’s hard, that’s because it is. But it is so worth it.
To have a finished story on your computer at the end of the month is an amazing experience, if only because that story idea was actually finished instead of left to drift aimlessly about your brain.
Maybe you’re interested in NaNoWriMo, but have a few objections. “I don’t have the time” might be one. “Whenever I try to write it turns out horrible” might be another. But really NaNoWriMo is designed to counter both of those arguments. The idea of having a fixed word count over the month is to force you to make time for writing. Plus, if you really don’t think you can write 50k in a month, you can always lower your word count. As for thinking your writing is terrible, that’s fine! The point of NaNoWriMo is to get words on the page. If you stop to think whether your words are good or not, then you’ll be writing too slow to win. In other words, NaNoWriMo gives you permission to fail. When November is over, you can come back and edit the story into something you’re more proud of. You wouldn’t write an essay in one go, so why would you do the same for a novel, which is arguably more complex?
In closing, NaNoWriMo is a great experience that everyone should try. It’s only one month, after all, so what could really go wrong? Don’t settle for idle daydreaming about a story; get that story out there for the world to see!
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