For those who do not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National November Writing Month. This event urges all writers to write 50,000 words or finish their novels in just 30 days. Why November? Who knows, but this month has been the month for writers to get their acts together and start working. The only question is, is NaNoWriMo a good idea or will it only give you an awful first draft?
As an author, I personally do not follow all of NaNoWriMo’s rules. In fact, I think it is insane to write 50,000 words just for the sake of having 50,000 words down. Because, you know what, those 50,000 words are most likely going to be nonsense and you will have to delete them from your manuscript after November.
However, I still believe in the general purpose of NaNoWriMo, which is to get writers writing. In other words, you do not need to put 50,000 words on paper just for the sake of meeting a deadline. Yet you should write and write persistently. To become an advanced writer, writing daily even if just for half an hour is a must. Words might be hard to put down on paper, but that is totally okay. What is important is that you sit and work toward your goal.
NaNoWriMo regularly pushes writers to meet that 50,000-word deadline. Though no good story should ever be rushed. So take your time, plan out your story, create well-rounded characters, picture your setting, and get writing. Write in November during NaNoWriMo. But write in December and January too and every month of the year. Write daily and vigorously. You might not have a finished first draft in November. It could take three months of six months or two years to finish your novel. What matters is that you get writing.
So, is NaNoWriMo a bad idea? Not at all. However, write with purpose. Do not just put random words on paper for the sake of meeting a word count rule. That would be a waste of time and effort.
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