Believe us when we say we’re kicking ourselves for not talking about Inktober (please tag us in your favorite Inktober posts on Instagram or Twitter: @13thfloormag, we’d love to see them!) October proved too hectic, but we’re not going to miss out on NaNoWriMo!
For those who aren’t acquainted with the snazzy acronym, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where writers from every corner of the creative space attempt to write a 50,000 word novel between the first and last day of November. Some people stop shaving— we do this (or both, I don’t know. You do you).
Obviously there are pros and cons to the project:
Deadlines are the slap we all need. NaNoWriMo is a wonderful professor in the art of discipline and time management.
Practice makes polished works. Nothing will ever be “perfect” but like any other craft, the more you tend to it and hone your skills, the better you will become.
Let’s face it. Not everything you hurl onto the page in this time frame is going to be a gem, but there might be little geodes trapped within that you can work with when you have more time.
A sense of accomplishment is never a bad thing. If you finish the thing, no matter what you end up with, you achieved something. In an industry that can be a little soul crushing at times, taking pleasure in the little victories is always needed.
It’s a lot of pressure. There’s no denying that, and really who needs that anxiety.
It focuses on the what and not the why. NaNoWriMo pushes you to write. Anything. But because of the deadline you don’t get the pleasure of playing around with the work, getting to know it, and cherishing it’s muses.
At the end of the day, one has to keep in mind that it’s just a project, an exercise, a game, if you will. New writer’s should keep in mind that if you struggle with this, if you don’t complete it— it’s ok. Much like finding your style it takes time and trial and error.
So— are you taking the plunge or sitting on the sidelines this year? Let us know in the comments down below and tag us on Facebook and Tumblr with your endeavors!