Writing is tough, and NaNoWriMo poses the ultimate challenge.
Can you write 50,000 words within November? Without cheating, even though it is rather tempting? The rules are simple and straight forward. However, it is not easy. You’d be writing well over 10,000 words per week. Although (thankfully) you are allowed to plan before November, it still poses a challenge.
So why would writers inflict this challenge on themselves?
Because it is a challenge. NaNoWriMo will develop you as a writer, make you more aware of your weaknesses, and teach you discipline. Although it does not solve all your problems as a writer, it forces you to engage with them head on. And personally? I think that’s fantastic.
Often, writers have a bad habit of hiding from problems. We all know about the writer who procrastinated too much! That’s what great about NaNoWriMo: if you manage to complete it, you have overcome some of the challenges associated with writing.
That’s pretty awesome!
However, you could argue that intense writing does not suit all writers. And if writers are churning out large quantities of prose, that does not equate to literary quality or merit. Because of that, I believe that the literary community can undervalue those things.
Often, writers are told that ‘writing anything’ will make them better writers. Whilst I understand why people say that, there isn’t a lot of evidence to back that claim up.
Either way, I am doing National Novel Writing Month because a) it’s a challenge and b) because it’s so darn exciting. I have a loose idea of what I want to write, and although I’m not necessarily aiming for publication, it’ll be thrilling to see my imagination develop.
That is why I write. I’m unsure whether or not I’ll complete NaNoWriMo, but I believe the journey is worthwhile and even educational in many ways.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Comment below, I’d love to read your thoughts!
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