Arts & Entertainment: 5 Reasons I Signed up for NaNoWriMo

By D. Lanier Shook                            November 4, 2014

I did it! I’m signed up for National Novel Writing Month. Here are the Five Reasons I did it.

1. The First Draft

A first draft is what makes an author marketable. Until then you’re a literary dreamer with an idea. (No offense intended to literary dreamers with ideas— I still fall in that category.) So click here to learn more about NaNoWriMo.

While a first draft is not a published book, it is a marketable property. It makes you an author. At the end of November I will have a finished first draft.

2. The Community

NaNoWriMo is more than just a challenge. Its a community where iron sharpens iron. Its a place where authors meet to encourage each other, to learn that there are more people out there doing this writing thing.

3. The Challenge (and discipline)

NaNoWriMo challenges me to create 50,000 words in a month — and that is a challenge. Writing is fun, but its hard work. This creates discipline.

4. The Publicity

NaNoWriMo is a chance to show off. Its a chance to say ‘I’m a novelist.’ and when you say that you’re automatically attracting attention to your novel. So NaNoWriMo is a way for novelists to let others know about their work. So, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, you can click here to check out the ebooks and one novel I’ve written. (You can read quite a bit of it for free.)

5. The Inspiration

Writing is hard work and marketing is even harder work. So NaNoWriMo is an opportunity for writers of all levels to remind themselves why they do it. It reminds us how magical it is to create worlds and characters.

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