3 Reasons Why You Should Do Nanowrimo in the Year 2020

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3 Reasons Why You Should Do Nanowrimo in the Year 2020

Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, participants from every town, city, and country come together to write a 50,000 word novel. It probably sounds like an impossible task, to write a full length novel in just thirty days. But for those in the know, it is only 1667 words a day, or about 3-4 pages, depending on the font and margins. It is hard, certainly not easy, but definitely not impossible. Sometimes the things that seem nearly impossible are the ones worth doing.

Whether you know for a certainty that you are going to do Nanowrimo, or whether you are still debating, straddling both sides of the fence, this post is for you. In this article, I will give you three good reasons why you should do Nanowrimo in the year 2020.

1–Join The Writing Community

In the years that I’ve done Nanowrimo, I’ve come to find that the writing community on the Nanowrimo website and Twitter is absolutely phenomenal. Over on the Nanowrimo forums, you can find support both for yourself and your work-in-progress (WIP). You can use the forums to seek help on a plot device that you’re struggling with or to take a short break by playing some word or roleplaying games. But most importantly, I’ve always felt accepted by the community at large.

In addition to the Nanowrimo forums, I’ve also found incredible, vast amounts of support on Twitter, both in November and during the rest of the year. On Twitter, there is a thriving, positive community of writers who are ready to support you by giving advice, answering questions, promoting books, but most of all, having fun. You can access this community by simply using the hashtag #writingcommunity.

2–Unleash Your Creativity

With the busyness of the daily grind of work, sleep and paying bills (not necessarily in that order), it is hard to find the time to devote yourself to the arts. Fortunately in the year 2020, there has clearly been an explosion of creativity by artists, writers, bloggers, vloggers, and more. So let’s continue to champion this creativity by writing a novel in November. Let’s take a break for an hour or two a day and write a couple a thousand words about another world.

It’s no secret that this year has been the strangest yet. We’re definitely not living in the most normal of times at the moment. So, let’s create a new world, a new normal, that we envision for ourselves, our children, and the future. One way that we can do this is by writing. By writing a 50,000 word novel in November, you get either continue to unleash that creativity or release it after keeping it bottled up for so long. What better time to do that in November, the month that writers get to party by having write-ins and celebrating writing as a wonderful medium of creative expression.

3–Write a Best-Selling Novel

Haven’t you ever wanted to see your name on a book? While there’s no guarantee that your Nanowrimo book will turn out to be an international bestselling novel, you won’t know until you try. If your Nanowrimo book turns out to be a horrible, poorly written first draft, then that’s okay. The important thing is that you finished writing a book. Badly written first drafts can be edited and revised again and again to perfection. A badly written first draft can still be a number one bestselling book.

While writing a bestselling book seems kind of farfetched to many of us, it is not impossible. If this year has taught us anything, it is that life is short and that we should embrace every moment. We should take chances. We should take risks. We never know what’s going to happen next.

So go out and do what you’ve always wanted to do. Success comes from trying again and again, and just maybe, you may be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams.

No matter what happens, I think that we should all take a leap of faith and try. Go forth and write a novel in November. You will find a dedicated community of writers and you will be able to bring forth that creativity from within you. Go write the best that you can because life is amazing and so are you.

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

13 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why You Should Do Nanowrimo in the Year 2020

  1. This is such a cool idea! I had never heard of this, but you really inspired me. Iā€™m not sure if I have any good book ideas, but now Iā€™m thinking about it šŸ™ƒā¤ļø

  2. Writing is one of those commonly used mental health methods. You can get rid of all the emotions this year has caused. And Nanowrimo desires fiction. So you can change your story however you want. You can make anything happen.
    It doesn’t need to be a good story. It doesn’t need to make sense. It doesn’t need to be anything. We won’t even complain if you can’t reach 50k in a month.
    All words are good words in a first draft.
    And if you need release writing always has your back.

    This will be my eighth year, and it may be the first year i fail. And I am fine with that. Because failure means nothing if words are written.

    Join us and write. Join us and talk. And the forum will be active. You will find others just like you there. The writing community has been my most supportive community ever. (And ive been part of several mental health groups…)

    1. I love this! And you are absolutely right. It doesn’t matter if you don’t “win” — because everyone’s a winner just for attempting to write a novel. Just trying itself is its own form of success.

  3. I’ve been doing NaNo for almost 10 years and I’ve lost every single year lol. I keep getting stuck at 10k but this year I’m trying a genre I haven’t ever written in before and I’m kinda excited! I’ve given up on being focused on “winning” or “losing” the point is to get in the habit or writing! I love that they do word sprints and all kinds of things to help on Twitter!

    1. Absolutely, it’s not about winning but rather the camaraderie and cultivating the habit of writing. I’ve always loved the writing sprints and found them a great way to crank out some more words lol I wish you the best & hope that this year is YOUR year though no matter what happens, you’ve already won! <3

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