It is not uncommon for writers to be struck with a seemingly brilliant idea, only to have it fizzle out by the ever-annoying writer’s block. This has happened to me one too many times. I’ll be inspired by an idea, write for a few hours, then find myself rewriting and questioning myself. This brings me to a point where I put my idea on the back burner and don’t return to it for many weeks, if ever. This painful cycle often keeps writers going around and around with nothing to show at the end. Thankfully, a man named Chris Baty founded a non-profit organization called the National Novel Writing Month in 1999. Shortened to NaNoWriMo, this invigorating month takes place every November. Its goal is to help writers get their story out, focusing on quantity over quality of writing. Over the span of 30 days, writers aspire to achieve 50,0000 words while participating in NaNoWriMo.
This event has helped writers overcome their instinct to overthink their writing by giving them a hefty goal with a deadline. In addition to the word goal and deadline, NaNoWriMo offers an immense amount of support for the writing community. On their website, you can find a plethora of helpful resources to get you prepared and started on your novel. Their NaNo prep resource library contains information on how to plan your novel. Read articles like 3 Tips for Creating Characters, 3 Rules for Fantastic Word-Building, and 5 Steps to Story Building. They also have a podcast you can listen to as you prepare or you can enroll in the NaNo Prep Course. If none of these things sound inspiring to you, NaNo’s website features pep talks from many well-known authors, such as John Green and Lemony Snicket. If that still doesn’t get your writing veins pumping, then NaNo’s Instagram has a variety of inspiring posts to give you the push you’re looking for.
NaNoWriMo values enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline. Its mission is to help writers around the globe transform their writing through this process. “The structure, community, and encouragement help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.” NaNoWriMo wants everyone’s voice to be heard and story to be told. People from all over the world are writing for NaNoWriMo, and that creates a wonderful community of supportive writers. There are forums and platforms available for you to communicate with writers going through the same thing you are. Even if you’re not the minimum age to participate, (13), there is a Young Writer’s Program you can join. So there really is no reason why the writer in you should not participate in NaNoWriMo! NaNo aims for their event to help writers build confidence, make connections, and seek new heights with their creativity. Check out their website to get inspired and get started!