National November Writing Month is what Nanowrimo stands for.
Every year I look forward to this event every November. I write every day of the year. So it really shouldn't be a big deal if I participate in Nanowrimo, but it is!
There is so much hubbub for writers the entire month.
The Nanowrimo website has links and writer's forums that get you motivated. Trust me, writing is a very lonely job. All day long I sit on my hinny and sit in front of my computer. It sounds like a lot of fun when in reality, it's difficult. You have to be disciplined to be a writer.
I turn off my cell phone, I turn off social media, and I set the timer on my watch so it reminds me to get up and move.
Mentally writing exhausts me.
My mind is always going with characters talking to me, deadlines looming, blogs to get written, readers to communicate with and there is literally no one to vent to about these things. Of course my husband is an amazing listener, but he still doesn't get it. He tells me, "you're living the life," only because I'm home and can do all the home things that need to be done.
I LOVE MY JOB!
I'm not complaining. I'm only trying to show you just how lonely writing truly is.
Nanowrimo is like a holiday for me.
The website starts in October with guest authors, tips and tricks, even recipes to keep you writing. I guess most writers don't write every day. I do because I like a routine. They post inspirational videos! I love it.
During the month, Nanowrimo has a winners badge. How do you win? They provide you with a word count ticker. A novel by definition is a 50,000 word document/story. So in order to win Nanowrimo, you have to write at least 50,000. That's a little over 1,600/day. I'm used to writing between 3,000-5,000 words a day so it's not a problem for me to win the badge.
It's the bringing writers together once a year for a long month event is what gets me pumped. There is even a local meet up for writers who are participating and I love that! It's a month of inspiration that lasts me all year long.
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