It’s Not Too Late to Join NaNoWriMo

It’s already day four of NaNoWriMo and if you’re still on the fence, if you started on the first and immediately petered out, it’s not too late.

Man stressfully looking at computer provided by Tim Gouw

I know. It’s hard to keep going sometimes. You started but lost your mojo right away or you don’t think you can handle the undertaking of 50K in 30 days…well now 26.

Here are 4 reasons you should continue/join NaNo now:

  1. You’ll be writing!
    • If you want to call yourself a writer (also known as actually being a writer), you need to write! Even if it’s 10 words or 10 thousand words, you should be writing! And this is a perfect opportunity to do it! (Do you think that’s enough exclamation points?)
  2. Your story needs to be told.
    • You have a story unique to you. Even if your idea is a rewrite of another idea or even if you think that you’ve seen someone else do something similar, it’s your story and your unique voice. It’s important to have it told because you and your words are important.
  3. This is the one time of the year where you’ll be surrounded by people just like you.
    • It’s hard to find a support system like NaNo. There’s thousands of writers all trying their hand and helping their fellow writer write! You can check out your local write in groups and talk to people in your age group and even genre to work out the stuff that’s the hardest (like plot and character development aka all of writing). There’s always someone online when you are and who’s willing to chat about writerly things. Or even challenge you to a word war! (Don’t know what that is? I’ll explain next week.)
  4. There’s no real consequence if you don’t get all 50K.
    • Listen, you aren’t graded for getting 50K or even writing anything good in that 50K. Yes, there is a badge at the end for getting that far, but trust me, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get it. I’ve been doing this for over a decade (12 years I think) and I’ve won maybe 4 times? I don’t even remember. And my new NaNo account doesn’t even have those 4 wins on there. But I’ve written. I’ve tried. I learned new plot twists. I’ve become a better writer. I’ve found great friends. You don’t need to win NaNo to make it work for you. Just get out there and write.

I hope I convinced you to continue writing or to join NaNo in the first place. But still need help to keep writing?

Here are 3 ways to keep going:

  1. Start in a completely different part of your story.
    • Jumping around to a part you found more interesting to write is perfect to get you writing again. Sometimes you get stuck on a part that you just don’t find as fun to write as–let’s say–a fight scene. Or you’ve been waiting for the main characters to get together and writing that kiss scene is more fun than writing them just talking to each other. I get it…jump there and come back later.
  2. Speak with your community in the forums.
    • I mentioned that there’s a whole community of writers writing right now (wow say that ten times fast). Go on the forums and get talking. They have fantastic ideas, plots for adoption, and ways to break that writer’s block.
  3. Join in a word war.
    • This is the quickest way to force yourself to write. You will join other writers and buckle down to write. Sometimes just giving yourself a quick deadline will work. Next week I’ll talk about word wars in more detail.
Woman writing provided by Hannah Olinger

I hope that’s enough to help you get back to writing. I’ve run a bit stuck myself so I’ll be seeing you on twitter or the forums to get back my writing mojo.

Let me know any other tips you have to get out of the slump or just let me know how many words you’ve written so far in the comments below! I’ll be cheering you on.

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