The Trade Tuesday: Why NaNoWriMo Is Helpful


In less than two weeks, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) will be upon us! Thousands and thousands of people manage to write novels in November. Even if you stick with the normal goal of 50,000 words, you still have enough by the end of the month to either have a full novel or a very good start to one. Is November a magical month? What is it about National Novel Writing Month that leads to a huge burst of productivity?

NaNoWriMo is effective because it gives you a goal and sets a deadline. I was reading an article on Inc.com a couple days ago about procrastination. The author made a great point in saying that we usually do our best work when we have no time for distractions or putting things off. NaNoWriMo is effective for that very reason. Most of us don't have time to work a full time job, have a life, and write somewhere close to two thousand words a day and mess around. In order to reach our goals during NaNoWriMo, we must eliminate distractions and get to work. It's not that November is a magical month that gives writers special powers. It's all about setting a goal and a deadline to reach that goal, a deadline that must be met no matter how many distractions need to be cut.

I hope that you all will take advantage of NaNoWriMo this year! I'm going to be working on a YA fantasy novel unless I come up with a better idea between now and November 1st. Join me and thousands of other writers in eschewing the distractions that normally make us less productive as writers. Get an idea, set a goal, and complete your goal by the end of November!

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