What is NaNoWriMo?
It is the abbreviation for ‘National Novel Writing Month’ which is considered to be the November of every year.
What all we have to do to participate in this is to Sign up on NaNoWriMo website, open Microsoft Word or any other software you use for writing, start writing a novel, and maintain your word count on your NaNoWriMo account on daily basis. Hurrah! You are participating in a novel writing program among millions of other writers.
You don’t have to craft up your novel by editing every single sentence you’re writing and you don’t have to look back, you don’t even have to complete the novel, you don’t have to make sense of anything, and you don’t have to write the best of novels. To win all you have to do is: 1. Start writing a novel, and 2. Write until you reach 50,000 words in the month of November.
Umm… Now to achieve the required word count may seem a bit difficult but each person who writes knows that writing is not difficult, but editing is which you don’t have to do or worry about. All you need to do is go with the flow so that you know you can write and you can achieve. This activity is to make you believe in your dreams once more. It is to judge you, make you a better writer, give you enough courage to be one, and make you see through the skies.
I got to know about this NaNoWriMo thing this November after almost the first week of November was over when a BookRix friend of mine posted about her participation in this. I got curious instantly, Googled it out, and Signed up without thinking that the first week of this was already over. I had no time to waste on deciding the plot of my novel I was going to write so I went on with the idea which I had in my mind since last two years. I didn’t start out with a blank document either but I started with 11,000 words already, and it didn’t feel like I was cheating as the first week was over.
I worked a couple of days in my first week which was the second of NaNoWriMo without a plan of winning; I hadn’t had such a big heart to believe that I would win, and I also worked in my last days of second week which was the third of NaNoWriMo when I encouraged myself to believe that if not 50,000 then I at least I would be able to write 25,000 words to reach half a milestone and that’s when I wrote most of the words but in the third week of mine I lost all my courage and was unable to write even a single word. In the end, I had 18,647 words all in all, and for the month of November 2015 I could only write 7,647 words. I know it appears a bit lousy but at least I know about this NaNoWriMo now and I’m already planning to start and win this campaign in 2016.
The most important thing was beginning to write a novel and I am happy I did that; thank God that I was not afraid to do that because later I got to know that there are many people who dream of becoming writers but they are afraid of NaNoWriMo.
I broke my Writer’s block, I started believing in my capabilities to write, and I met many who were like me. A lot of mails were sent to me encouraging me to write and to never stop, each mail with a quote to shoo away the anxiety I was feeling. Actually, I just loved this experience.
I invite all other people who see themselves as succeeding writers to participate in NaNoWriMo 2016, and I congratulate all the ones who participated whether they achieved the required word count or not as they have already won because at least they tried and was not afraid to do that and if a person can start then he can end the story as well since he is given the power to do that. All we need to do is to believe in ourselves and in our dreams because this makes us a winner right there.
Keep writing and stay blessed!