So anyways I wanted to invite you all to join me for NaNoWriMo, as well as my NaNo prep during the month of October because I'm going to be sharing inside looks at the book I'll be writing. Plus, I like the fact that you could write with me. It's a lot of fun and I would love to be able to know that you all are in this with me! I'll be sharing my favorite NaNo tips and tricks, maybe sneak peeks at my very first draft (eek!), and other interesting and fun things.
If you're thinking "Yeah, this sounds really great!" Here is the link so you can sign up for NaNoWrimo. It's totally free, no costs involved at all. If you're under 18 and you want to do it, there is a Young Writers website as well, with the option of choosing your own word count to fit your age. Don't forget to look me up on NaNoWriMo once you get on there so we can be writing buddies! :) There is a search bar at the top right of the website, and from there you can find me. My username is LittleBookBug, and it should be pretty easy to find me. ;)
If you're still needing some convincing, here are 5 good reasons why NaNoWriMo might be something you might want to consider. ;)
1. NaNo opens up a world of creativity you might not have realized you had. I've always been a scribbler of stories, but not everyone is like that. If you're a new writer, and you're a bit unsure of things, or perhaps you've never written a story in your life, then NaNoWriMo gives you a good chance to commit to the goal of writing. You might realize during the month that you have an amazing story inside of you, and your life might change forever. You might be a writer and just not realize it yet. ;)
2. It's a good push for those who like writing but just sit around thinking about it instead of doing something. With people all over the world joining in, NaNoWriMo is a great way to jump into the world of writing. You've got a challenge, a goal, and a huge support system. Not only do you get winner goodies for hitting your goal at the end of the month, but you can also buy swag, win virtual badges, get writerly pep talks, participate in sprints, word wars, and word crawls, and more. It's a huge boost of motivation, and it's got a great amount of encouragement along the way.
3. It's a good way to let loose and be a little crazy... Did I mention that NaNo is tons of fun? Of course the goal is pretty epic, and of course you have to have a lot of determination to get through the month while writing all those words. But NaNoWriMo is also insanely fun. You can join up with other writers (like me, lol), share your progress, give sneak peeks of your novel, have an excellent excuse to drink lots of coffee, and lose yourself in a world all your own. Novembers are some of the best months of my life, because I just enjoy it so much!
4. You can learn a lot during the process about yourself and life in general if you pay attention. :) So you can have fun AND learn? YES! If you read the pep talks, pay attention to any critiques from your writer friend, and look out for your own writing tendencies, you can really learn a lot through the process. I have learned more in NaNoWriMo then I can ever say. My first NaNo was when I was 15 and that book is crazy bad. But it's also one of the best experiences I've had, and I gained so much from writing it that November that I still keep in mind today.
5. If have a story that you would like to tell, NaNo helps you get started with it. Or, you may realize through NaNoWriMo that you have a story you should tell that you never even knew about. :D Maybe you're still hesitant. "I'm not a writer, that's crazy!" you say. Well, I suggest you give it a go--even just one time. You can even set a personal lower goal for yourself if you want, instead of shooting for the set-in-stone 50k. The point is to focus on writing for a month, because you never know what might turn up. I think most people have a story in them. Is it going to be the popular genre? Probably not. Mine aren't. But whether it is or isn't, stories are important. Even if you decide to bend the rules of NaNoWriMo and write 30k on a memoir, it's still an amazing feat. So write an epic poem. Write a vintage style mystery. Write a literary political novel. The point I'm trying to make is-- be you. It doesn't matter if you're not the typical fiction writer who adheres to the "rules of writing" (those are made to be broken anyways). NaNoWriMo is there to get you writing, to tell the story that's important to you--so even if you think you're not a writer, you might just end up being super glad you joined. ;)
I really hope that you can do this with me, I'm really looking forward to the prep and planning, and then the actual writing--I just get so excited thinking about it! :) So, writers, sharpen your pencils and sign up, and those who don't feel like NaNoWriMo is the right fit for them right now, please stay tuned throughout this next month anyways so you can still be a part of the fun on the blog. If you have a friend you think might enjoy this, be sure to let them know about it so they can do it too. :)
Thanks so much for everything, and I hope you all have a lovely day.