Okay, so last week I reviewed some NaNoWriMo prep tips because it’s important to be mentally prepared to tackle writing 50,000 words in 30 days.
This week, I wanted to check in with you guys regarding whether or not NaNo is for you.
Come on, admit it, if you haven’t done NaNo (and if you have), I’m sure you’ve had some fluctuating thoughts and feelings toward it.
(Talking about thoughts and feelings = Mental Health, just in case you were looking for the Mental Health Monday connection. 😉 )
It’s a BIG decision.
Here’s some reasons to DO NaNo:
- You’re looking for a new writing challenge.
- You’ve got an idea for a novel and wanna crank out that rough draft like nobody’s business.
- You’re focusing on word counts and quantity rather than quality (I’m not dissing quality; quality can be developed during revising).
- You need a reason to commit to putting down a certain number of words a day for a certain length of time.
- You need the structure.
- You thrive on that sense of accomplishment that NaNo gives.
- Your friends have coerced you to…oh, wait, maybe that’s not a great reason.
You made a bet.(You didn’t see that one, okay?)
Here’s some reasons to sit out and cheer on your NaNo’ing friends:
- You’ve done NaNo before.
- You know you can plop a bunch of words down on the page.
- You want to work on quality rather than quantity.
- You struggle with massive word counts and might get frustrated with the process to the point where it’s no longer enjoyable to write.
- You hate revising and know that a NaNo project will need a couple years of smoothing…if it’s smoothable at all.
- You’ve got a HECK of a lot of other things happening in November.
- You’ve got a life. (Just kidding. NaNoers have lives, hehehe.)
What are some other reasons to NaNo or not to NaNo?
Bottom line: Listen to yourself. If you’re ready, you’ll know. If you’re not ready, you don’t have to push yourself to do it. Another November will come around next year. Just sayin’.