Basically these are my goals in life.
I have the greatest urge to:
cuddle with a soft paperback
read a great novel
write a decent one
sign my own (when it gets published)
surround myself with all the books I can get my hands on
Since NaNoWriMo is starting soon, I wanted to give everyone a taste of what to expect.
Reward: Pride (sense of accomplishment)
Imagine how you’ll feel after you type up the last word following 49,999 words of incoherent nonsense. Imagine proclaiming to the world you wrote a “novel” (I’m using the term loosely) in a month. That’s something to brag about to all your friends (and enemies). Who knows maybe your future children or grandchildren too. And nothing in this world rivals the feeling of setting a goal as well as accomplishing it.
Sacrifice: Time (lack of it)
Learning to prioritize is crucial when you commit to writing every day. Wait, you aren’t thinking of writing 10,000 words in 5 days are you? On top of what you do every day, whether you’re a student going to school or a mother of two, you’ll need to squeeze in a chunk of your day for NaNoWriMo. Time is not on your side. I’ll let you in on a secret: time is never on your side. Yet somehow the best novelists manage to sacrifice a quarter of their life slaving away at projects that may or may not be a hit. Regardless, words won’t magically appear on the page—you have to put them there. That’s Writing Tip#110 if you’re keeping track. Don’t give me that look. I’m a writer, not a magician. I can’t be original all the time. Sometimes, you just have to reuse your own content, which ties in beautifully with Writing Tip#109.
Reward: The Experience (of a lifetime)
The experience of NaNoWriMo is like none other. As fun and frustrating as writing can be, National Novel Writing Month intensifies these and other emotions three-fold. The time crunch motivates you (aha, another award) while punishing your brain to churn out more pages (…a sacrifice?) Really this is one of those you-gotta-be-there-moments to understand what I’m babbling about. If nothing else, the experience will improve your writing or as I like to call it “your ability to string together unintelligible gibberish…” Got it?
What? Were you expecting a second sacrifice? Unfortunately, I don’t have another one. That’s a testament to how amazing NaNoWriMo is. If you haven’t attempted it, try it. If you have, kudos to you.
Ready or not, National Novel Writing Month is 19 days away.
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