What I’m learning from NaNoWriMo…


Six days into the famous NaNoWriMo of 2015 and I hope everyone is doing well.  

I noticed earlier during the week on my Twitter feed that an author was shaming a person who had bad mouthed the whole concept of NaNoWriMo in so much as it ruins writing. Now, I have to admit I have never personally come across any negative comments on the 50,000 word sprint but, although I don’t agree with this comment, I can understand completely where it comes from. I’m also assuming that the person in question was a published author who understands the hard process of taking a book from its early stages to seeing it being published; in short, it’s no easy feat and I salute anybody who manages to do so especially in this extremely competitive market. However, I do believe that this person has missed the whole point about NaNoWriMo because had they taken the time to read into the concept behind the idea they would see that the aim is not to get a book published but quite simply to spend time writing… 

So, in the first few days of NaNoWriMo, this is what I have discovered in a short space of time: 

Productiveness: Far from being a morning writer, I have come to the stark realisation that I actually write at my best in the afternoons, just after lunch time to be precise. It’s not always practical, dependant on where I am at the time, but for some unknown reason my mind feels clear at this part of the day and I am able to just write. (Sorry Dorethea Brande but I don’t think I will ever become acquainted with morning pages!)

Editing: The hardest aspect of NaNoWriMo so far has been the persistent urge to edit my work. I’m sure this is a big problem for many people taking part because as a Writer, it is ingrained in us to continuously edit our work for clarity. But, NaNoWriMo is NOT the time to edit. It has been a struggle for me to do this but I have to say how good it feels to be able to write without having to stop, re-read and edit at every possible opportunity.

Discipline: I love deadlines, I think it’s having something to aim for that spurs me, so the idea of aiming for 1,667 words each day is a challenge which I am revealing in.


Above all, I’m learning that it’s okay to write what I want to. Nobody has to see any of my NaNoWriMo work and therefore I feel I can write free from restrictions. If I want to, I can begin editing from December onwards and look towards getting my work out, however, if I want to keep all those 50,000 words to myself then that is perfectly fine as well. The fact is I’ve taken part and that’s really what NaNoWriMo is all about. 

So far from ruining my writing, how I see it is that I have twenty-four days left, meaning another possible twenty-four lessons on the art of writing. Now that to me is simply priceless…


Keep writing…


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