I’ve had several people ask me recently whether I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year, so I thought I’ll answer your question here.
No, I will not take part in NaNoWriMo. Not because I don’t believe in it or anything like that, but because I know that 50K a month is a bit too ambitious for me. I’m already doing a NaNoWriMo thing every month anyway and try to write as much as I humanly can, so it being November would change very little for me. I know what I can achieve every week, and I won’t be able to squeeze in a lot more next month, either.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a good idea! If you can actually squeeze out an entire draft in one month then go you! Best of luck to you and your writing ambitions. Writing a draft isn’t easy, so if you can do it in just one month then all the more power to you.
One thing, though – don’t keep telling people that you’ll be writing a whole book in November. There’s a big difference between a finished book and the first draft, and you’re not doing yourself any favours by telling yourself that you’ll have a finished product by the end of November. I’m not saying this out of spite (as I’ve seen some people do) and don’t let this discourage you. What you’ll have by December is a first draft, and that’s nothing to scoff at! It’s a huge achievement, and once you have that you can work at it to make it into a great book! Even more so, you’ve managed it in a month! One month, people! It may not be a finished book, but it’s still something to be proud off! And it’s a pretty good foundation to boot!
So, if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year – best of luck to you!! Get those words written and that draft down! (and help yourselves to some cookies here and there to see you through the month)