10/4/17

So NaNo... What's Up With That?



    Your blogger feed, wordpress feed, and your inbox is about to explode….

      With NaNoWriMo posts.
Sorry for not having an actual picture for this post, my laptop is acting up, I'll hopefully update this soon.

        In case you don't know, NaNoWriMo is an online event that happens in November, which is national writing month. The challenge is to basically write 50k in one month, all through November. It's a great way to meet fellow writers, creatives, and bloggers.
 
      Because of its popularity, the blogging community is about to go CRAZY in a matter of days, already I see NaNo posts or NaNo prepping month posts, which are amazing, but there are going to be SO MANY SO SOON!
 
       I've only been blogging for nine months, and I've already lived through the gazillions of Camp NaNo 2017 and Recovering from NaNo posts.
 
      Now to face the onslaught of hype over the “real deal” NaNo challenge: November NaNo.
 
       In this month of NaNoWriMo “prepping", I want to post something helpful about it, but something different enough to actually not sound like the hundreds of NaNo posts already floating around the interwebs. Unfortunately, I don't think that is possible, but I'm going to try.
 
        Firstly, why do people even do NaNo? And more importantly: Why should you?
        As I said before, NaNoWriMo is a great way to meet fellow writers and bloggers. It's also a great way to track your process on your book, and an amazing motivation to write.
       If you're like me, you are a slower writer. You don't like to rush your writing that much, and although that can be a good thing, in our case it can also be a bad thing if you stop being motivated to write. Not only is NaNo motivational, but it's a great way to learn how to write faster.
 
 

       Maybe you're a writer who loves challenges and deadlines, or the idea of having a deadline interests you, maybe you want to know how it feels. If one of these is the case, NaNo is perfect for you!
       Don't let the idea of not reaching the goal (50k in a month) discourage you. The point of NaNoWriMo isn't to write a good book or to hit all of your goals every time, the point is to get the words in your head out and to show you that, yes, you can do an incredible amount of work if you put your mind to it.
       Even if you don't reach 50k this November, you are way closer to 50k than you were before. Even if you only wrote 2,000 words, you are closer, you wrote something. It's okay to not “win” NaNo, because at least you are farther along than you were when you started.


        Now that we've covered why NaNo can be great and why you might want to do it, let's cover why you shouldn't do NaNoWriMo.

          You shouldn't do NaNo just because it's a trend. As I said before, your inbox is probably going to blow up this month and next month, and most likely all of your blogger friends and favorite bloggers are going to be participating in NaNo and extremely pumped about it. It can be easy to just do NaNo because it's popular, and you want to relate to all of the fellow creatives, but if that's the only reason you're doing NaNoWriMo, I would personally suggest that you re-think.

      Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with doing NaNo because one of your friends is excited about it and you want to try it out, but you won't get very far if you only do NaNo because it's a trend.

 
       Don't do NaNo if it's going to completely stress you out. NaNoWriMo is suppose to be a challenge, but it's also suppose to be a fun challenge that will help you write and achieve your word count goal. So if you're stressed with life, school, work, etc. and you don't think you'll be able to do well in NaNo, don't do it. There's nothing wrong with that. This program is super popular, it will still be running next year most likely, so just let yourself breathe.

       I might not even do NaNo to be honest, because I need to focus on my school and I'm super tired right now. And there's nothing wrong with that, I am doing what I think is best for myself as a writer, student, and teenager.

 
 
        Do what is best for your mental health. Don't do NaNo if it's going to be unnecessarily stressful for you, and definitely don't do it if you're in school like me and you think it's going to affect your grades.

        NaNoWriMo is a great program, I would definitely encourage writers to do it, but I would also encourage some to make sure that it's something they want to do and if it would help them as a writer.


What do you think about NaNo?


Happy Writing,



42 comments:

  1. I absolutely love NaNo and am planning on participating in it, but I definitely agree with all of your points above. If you feel like it's not a good time or if you're getting into it for the wrong reasons, don't do it. It's probably not a good idea. But if you're wanting to make some progress on your novel and need an extra push, now's the time! You don't have to hit 50k to have a great NaNo experience!

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    1. That's great! NaNo can be a great motivator and the push that some writers need. :)

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  2. Great post. I don't think I've ever clicked on a post so fast. :D
    I'm not doing NaNo because it just doesn't interest me and I know how deadlines affect me. I know I don't do well under pressure. So many people do it and I can already imagine the posts that will indeed be showing up in my blogger feed.

    You make amazing points. And I think as long as people are doing it for themselves, to better their writing, than that's all that matters.
    :D

    ~Ivie <3

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    1. Thanks, lol! XD

      I get that, I don't do so hot under pressure either.

      Yes, that is so true.

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  3. Yes ma'am. All of this is so true. I'm still seriously considering whether I'm doing NaNo this year. I'd like to, but I have so much school. It might kill me for real this time. O_O

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  4. I'm finishing my trilogy this NaNo. As I'm a fast writer, NaNo rarely stresses me - it just gives me a good goal to set. But I can't wait to get this story written!!!

    But even if you can't do the 50K, I think people should at least sign up and try their best. Even 500 is better than nothing, and you get to access the forums and get writing help along the way!

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    1. That's awesome!! :D
      Yeah, I agree that it can help A LOT!

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  5. This was a great post! I totally agree with the points you made. I did Camp Nanowrimo in July, but I can't do it this November because of business. :-( I hope to be able to do it sometime! Hope you have fun!!! XD

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    1. Thanks!

      I probably won't do nano either because of business too, so I totally get you! :D

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  6. These are the reasons why I chose to do Camp NaNo instead of regular NaNo. I honestly thought about doing NaNo, but I'm so glad that I didn't. Not that I regret doing Camp, I loved Camp to pieces and yes it does connect you to so many other writers.

    One day, when I'm not drowning in schoolwork, I shall attempt NaNo.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, I like Camp NaNo too!

      Same here!!!

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  7. Excellent points, indeed. I actually really respect people for being able to see their limitations and know that NaNo won't work for them.

    Personally, NaNo really helps me, because I'm that sort of person that loves a challenge like this. xP I'm crazy. XD

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    1. Ooh, I knew you would be doing it! Also I got your newsletter, so yeah, it sounds really cool. <3

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  8. I've done Camp Nano before, but I've never actually done nano in November, as I have school...But I actually am going to do it this year! I'll be busy, but I think it will be a fun challenge + I'm really excited about my project :)

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    1. Camp NaNo definitely can be more flexible, I personally like it better.

      Yay! That's awesome, have fun!!! I hope your project goes well. :)

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  9. I loved this post and I totally agree with you! I really like NaNoWriMo, but I don't think it's for everyone. I get the feeling like you need to rush things is annoying, but I it's an overall positive thing! Let me know how your writing is going! :)

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely not for everyone, I haven't decided if it's for me or not, but I'm going to do Camp NaNo on next round. ^_^

      Thanks, will do.

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  10. Thank for this, Gray! I'm kind of on the sideline...really want to do Nano Wrimo because it would be a great opportunity...but I don't want it to keep me from doing my best in school and spending time with my family. I also am not for sure if the story I have it one that will run smoothly and one God will bless.

    We'll see what happens...

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    1. That's understandable!
      Perhaps you should pray about it?
      Juggling life, school, and writing can be hard. ^_^

      I hope it all goes well!

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  11. Oh dear, the NaNo flood is coming, isn't it? I think I'm going to try to do NaNo, but as I'm a very, very slow writer and will be super busy with school, I'm not going to stress about meeting the 50K that much. For me it's more of a challenge than a deadline I must meet OR ELSE! xD
    Great post!

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    1. Hahaha! Yep!! XD
      Aye, another slow writer! *high fives* That's a great way to think about it, and the reason why I'm still debating if I'm going to participate or not. :P

      Thank you!

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  12. I'm going to try Nano again this year (the key word being try :P) I only got 10,000 words last year, but it started one of my (as my cousin tells me) best works. And it will be motivational. Let's just seen if I can keep up :P....

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    1. Good for you! And that's awesome, even if you only got 10,000 you started a really great story!! :D

      Good luck!

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  13. I've never done NaNoWriMo before but I want to try and see if I can do it this year but I might *kind of* try to start this month. I want to try and finish my novel this year. I have been working on it since I was 14 and now I'm getting tired of it! xD After that, I'll be writing an EVEN OLDER project that I'll be re-writing.

    I doubt I'll officially join NaNo on the website but I'll try to write along with everyone anyway.

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    1. That's great! XD

      I hope it goes well!!!

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  14. Awesome post, Gray!:) I loved how you talked about NaNoWrimo and Camp NaNoWrimo.
    And I realize that not everyone doing it sees it as a fun challenge to take on even if you don't win.
    -Quinley
    P.S are you excited for NaNoWrimo? I am.

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    1. Thanks! :D

      Yes, that is very important.

      I don't know if I'll be doing NaNo this year, but I will be doing Camp NaNo next year! :)

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  15. I've done NaNoWriMo twice. Once when I was still in school and super stressed, and you're right it's not worth doing if you're super stressed because it should be something fun to do not something that adds a heap of stress to an already stressful time (I gave up that year but I needed to because it was affecting my health). The following year I had less on and really enjoyed it and I achieved 50K words!!

    Good luck if you decide to do it, but if it's too much do Camp NaNo! You choose you're goal and it's just way less stressful.

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    1. That's amazing! I've only reached 50k words when I was doing Camp NaNo, less stress seems to help. :)

      Yes, I love Camp NaNo, and I do plan on participating again.

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  16. I'm so glad you did this post!
    I have considered doing NaNoWriMo just because its a trend, but it would be too stressful and isn't my type of thing.

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    1. I'm glad it helped!

      That's good that you know what is best for you, NaNo certainly isn't for everyone, although I would recommend trying Camp NaNo out, it's during the spring, and way less stressful.

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  17. You get so many comments Gray! That's pretty cool.

    I'm gonna throw my two cents in anyway. I did Camp Nano for the first time last July. I did not reach my 30 K goal, but I got WAY more words down then I ever thought. That goal pushed me to take the words bouncing in my head and put them down somewhere they can be read.

    I got 16 K, which is only half of what I wanted, but a lot more than I expected. And after getting the basics down I found that I didn't really love the story as much as I thought I would. Without Nano I'd be stuck to that story still, and not moving forward. Thanks Nano!

    What's your name on nanowrimo.com? I want to add you to my friends.

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    1. Thanks! :)

      I did Camp NaNo in July too, it was a lot of fun.

      My name is just Gray Marie Cox. ^_^

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  18. Great thoughts. We've got to remember, ALWAYS, our motivation for our choices (as writers and as human beings!)

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    1. Thanks, and yes, that's so true and important!

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  19. This is such an awesome post! I agree with you on many of the points you made. I've been following your blog for a few weeks, but I've just been too shy to comment. I love your posts, though! :)

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! :)

      I'm glad you decided to comment, thank you so much!! <3 ^_^

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  20. STRAIGHT FIRE ADVICE RIGHT HERE! *fist bump* I totally and completely agree with you, Gray! If someone is doing NaNo for the wrong reasons they're better off not doing it at all. xD Last year was my first time doing NaNoWriMo and it TOTALLY STRESSED ME OUT HAHA but just because I wasn't prepared. This year I'm going to be a lot more prepared (taking everything else off my schedule except work and writing) which is going to be much better. PLUS I'LL HAVE A LOT MORE OUTLINE THAN I DID LAST YEAR SO that's always good. HAHA.

    STILL IT WILL PROBABLY BE STRESSFUL BUT I LOVE A CRAZY CHALLENGE SO <3333 I'm looking forward to it. But it's super important to be mindful about what you commit to so BASICALLY AMEN TO EVERYTHING YOU SAID.

    I'm gonna stop rambling now. ;)

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. Thanks, Abbiee!

      I'm so excited for you, that's awesome!!! XD

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  21. You're right, I'm already seeing NaNo prep posts and seeing people getting excited about what stories they plan to write! I've never won NaNo but it helped me kickstart my novel writing back in 2014 so for that I am always grateful <3 I think it can be a kind of stressful but fun challenge, so I'm sort of on the fence about trying it again. But it's a really cool idea and I think it's helped a lot of people!

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    1. Haha, yep! It's pretty cool that everyone's so pumped up about it.

      That's awesome, I'm glad it helped. It is a really great program. :)

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