The Bookish Fox

How I Am Being a NaNoWriMo Rebel

There are some basic rules to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). You have to write 50,000 words in a month. You have to start on November 1. You have to work on a new piece. You have to write a novel.

I am breaking all the rules.

Okay, I am writing a novel because this is me we are talking about. I live for fiction.

But other than that, I am being the James Dean of the NaNoWriMo world. Minus the leather jacket and motorcycle.

I am not planning on writing 50,000 words in a month. My goal is around 20,000. Why? I plan on being fully present during the Thanksgiving holiday with my in-laws. I want to eat turkey and look at the Christmas displays in New York City without guilt.

I am starting my writing today, not on November 1. I always think you should start writing as soon as possible.

I am also working on a book I have previously started. Why? Because that’s what I am inspired to write. That’s what I want to finish.

I personally think NaNoWriMo is about progress, not perfection. I know it is technically about finishing a novel in a month in a sloppy, no pressure way, but I think it is really about developing a writer’s lifestyle. The real goal is learning to write every day and to prioritize your writing.

So if you want to write a non-fiction book or only write 15,000 words this NaNoWriMo, I say go for it. If you want to play by the rules, that’s okay, too. Either way, I am rooting for you.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I plan on participating but I only pledged 25,000 words on my next project because I’m still finishing up editing the first one (that I have to submit to you in December, YAY!). I’ve never completed a NaNoWriMo, but I think the core essence of its purpose is to just get people to stop making excuses for themselves and start writing. Whether it’s 20,000 or 50,000 it doesn’t matter.

  2. I agree! Anything that stops people from making excuses is a good thing!

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