You should do NANO

NANO 2014

Have you heard of NANO yet? I’m guessing the answer’s yes, because every single blog site and social media outlet I subscribe to is talking about it this month.

Just in case you haven’t heard,

Nano stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in November. You actually post your words every day, so you can track your progress. And if your super competitive like me, you can track your friend’s progress, too.

This will be my second year participating, and I won last year!

Here’s my goal for this year. I want each and every one of you to attempt NANO. Not even win, just try. Why?

You’ll get yourself in a writing habit

Common wisdom says that to form a habit you’ve got to do something for twenty one days. A month should work fine, too. If you’re pushing yourself to write 50,000 words a day, (that’s 1,667 words a day, if you’re wondering) you’ll be in a writing habit. Actually, my typical writing goal for a rough draft is 1,000 words a day, so a normal writing habit’s going to feel like a vacation after November.

You’ll push your way thought a first draft

Remember, it can and will be revised. But if you don’t have a rough draft, you don’t have anything to revise. Trust me on this, once you’ve got that 50,000 words, you’ll have to do something with it.

You’ll get a feel for the writing community

The writing community is a wonderful one. (For the most part. Don’t get me wrong, there are egos and idiots, but you get that with any group of people.)

Friends who understand writing like you do should be sought out. It’s wonderful to be understood, and have someone to talk to about the work itself. NANO’s a great way to make writing friends. Jump on the online forum, and talk to people. You’ll fee like part of the larger writing community, and that’s sure to give you inspiration to make it to your desk every day.

So, if you’re ready to start, say this out loud, “I will write 50,000 words in November. They won’t be pretty, or in the right order, but they will be there. For one month I will make writing a priority in my life. And at the end of November, I will call myself a writer.”

Oh, and because I know I’ve got a couple of poets, this is not a prose only contest. A book of poetry would win NANO too.

Leave your message below, and get ready. Get your pens, think of a story, do some computer maintenance. November’s coming.

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