9 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo This Year

National Novel Writing Month is here! NaNoWriMo has a good ring to it, don’t you think?

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It’s still early in the month, and it’s not too late to sign up. Too busy? Too tired? Can’t be arsed? Here’s nine reasons why you should write a 50k word novel this month.

  1. You’ll finally bring that idea to life. That half-complete story you’ve had floating in your mind or the page of notes hiding on your laptop? That could be a novel in thirty days’ time.
  2. Anyone can do it. Anyone who has the ability to physically write and has access to the internet, anyway. And since you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have both.

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  3. It helps you get into good writing habits. After writing fifty thousand words in one month, reaching your personal daily word count on other projects will be a breeze.
  4. It gives you discipline. You have a goal, and that goal is just under 2k a day. Discipline yourself, and any type of good habit becomes easier.
  5. You can become part of a great community of writers. NaNoWriMo is very sociable, and you may end up meeting some awesome people.
  6. You can see how others in your area are doing. Register your region and you can see how many other people in your city are participating. It’s surprisingly motivating.
  7. You have access to some sweeeeeeeeeet souvenirs. NaNoWriMo sells some pretty cool “writer” items that you can purchase whether you reach the word count goal or not.
  8. The satisfaction of winning. If you reach 50k, you are congratulations-ed and wowed so much that you’ll feel just flipping awesome.
  9. It may become something more. That 50k draft you completed? By this time next year, after a few edits, chopping, adding and changing, it could be a (debut) novel.

So what are you waiting for, exactly? Sign up now! If you don’t make it, it doesn’t matter. It’s fun! Who knows, you may surprise yourself…

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