Ask Inkitt: To NaNoWriMo, or not to NaNoWriMo?

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Today’s Ask Inkitt Question: Should I participate in NaNoWriMo this year?

That’s a great question! This week, the Inkitt bloggers shared various different perspectives on NaNoWriMo, and whether or not they’ll be participating in this popular writing event. You can read some of their thoughts here: NaNo: Why I’m Participating This Year, and What I Like to Do Instead of NaNo.

The idea behind the event is to write a novel during the month of November. Generally speaking, the 50k word count goal doesn’t quite equal a completed novel for most genres, but it is a pretty good chunk of writing though, and nothing to sneeze at if you can get it done.

So, should you NaNoWriMo? There’s really no right answer to that question, but I suggest you consider the pros and cons to determine if the event can work for you.

The pros:

  • You can use the event to kick-start a project and get a solid chunk of content completed in a short amount of time.
  • You can tap into the energy and momentum of a huge writing community to help keep your project moving forward.
  • You’ll have to develop a solid, daily writing habit.
  • The event provides outside accountability, which some of us need to stay on target.

The cons:

  • In my opinion, the biggest con is the stress of having to produce so much content in a short amount of time. 50k words in one month is a lot of content! If the pace doesn’t work with your natural writing rhythm, it just may not work for you.
  • Thanksgiving, a pretty big US holiday, happens in the month of November. It’s also right before the start of the winter holidays for many traditions, which may not necessarily be an ideal time to ramp up your writing action. Again, think about what this will do to your stress level.

If you decide to participate in NaNoWriMo, good luck. If not, there’s always next year!  

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Tabitha Lord is the award-winning author of the HORIZON series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, four kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable black lab.

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