It’s almost that time of year again. That hectic month in which the writing community bands together in an attempt to write as much as humanly possible. A lot of people are gearing up. Right now you can find lots of blog posts and videos (I recommend the YA WordNerds) about prepping for NaNo. But a lot of you may be asking if you should even participate.
Don’t get me wrong. I love NaNoWriMo. But I realize it’s not for everyone. Here are a couple guidelines to deciding whether you should join in or not.
Reasons you should do NaNoWriMo:
- You’ve never tried it before. I don’t think you can really know if NaNo really works for your writing style unless you’ve actually done it. At least once. I’m also just generally a proponent of trying new writing tricks and techniques. Be adventures. Explore a little!
- You’re a deadline/goal oriented person. I can be ridiculously competitive person. Seeing that word count chart really gets my blood pumping and helps me write more.
- You just need to get words on paper. You can always fix it later, but you really need to have something to fix first.
- You have a crazy idea you really just want to try out.
- You’re impatient. Or you just like checking things off as done. NaNoWriMo is great for getting something done really fast, even if it’s lower quality.
Reasons NaNoWriMo may not be for you:
- It stresses you out too much. If you’re going into crisis mode trying to meet word counts, you should probably just sit it out.
- You have other projects in the middle of.
- You’re revising something that’s close to being query/publication ready.
- You’ve done it before and didn’t feel like it helped you out.
Ultimately the choice is up to you. Everyone’s writing process is a little different. You do you.