Thursday, 4 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 4

My second excuse for being a general let down throughout November was that any free time I had was consumed by NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who don't know, this stands for "National Novel Writing Month". Thousands of people across the globe spend all thirty days of November producing the first 50 thousand words of a novel. That equates to 1667 words everyday for 30 days. Some people set higher or lower targets than this, and some choose to rewrite an existing novel. But the key thing is that for one month, everybody dedicates themselves to writing. 

I first entered for NaNoWriMo when I was 13, and have since done almost every November challenge, in addition to their Camp NaNoWriMo which takes place twice in the year. It is possibly a strange spend of a teenager's time. It is also, as I have found, a rather tricky spend of their time when exams and coursework all have to be done first. So, why do I do it?

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I have always loved to write. I hope that this is clear from my blog! But one thing that I know I'm not alone in feeling, is that writing is really bloomin' hard. Finding the motivation to write through the tough bits; dealing with writer's block; not being distracted by chocolatey delights: that's all really hard! 

NaNoWriMo is an opportunity to not be alone. They have videos and meetings and emails and a whole range of other things available for those who choose, to support us. It is a simple matter of group motivation. And, of course, there is the matter of self-motivation. Once you have declared to any number of people that you are going to write a novel, there is always going to be a little part of you demanding that you do not fail. 

This time, thankfully, I did not fail. My grand total was 62, 803 words, which is exceptionally high for me. It always amazes me how I can never stick to word limits, but I struggle to reach word counts too. For this reason, I am rather proud this time around.

Should you be a fan of writing, please sign up to this wonderful project. I look forward to seeing you!

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