Most probably do not know but I cut my teeth in a competition called Nanowrimo. For those unfamiliar with it, it is a writing competition where a bunch of crazy people try to write 50,000 words in one month. It was a goal that, once upon a time, seemed completely unachievable.
To achieve it you have to write 1,666 words per day, every day, for 30 days. When I first started this was a massive mountain that seemed impossible to climb. I slaved away at writing and failing for years before I was able to actually finish anything.
But eventually Nanowrimo was the thing that pushed it all over the edge for me. It gave me a goal. It gave me statistics. (which I am obsessed with) And it taught me that it could be done and that writing was not for other people but for me.
If you’ve ever had a story you wanted to tell you should take this opportunity and join up. It’s free. Simple. And will hopefully change your life like it did mine.
Oh, and today I wrote 2,004 words. So, I’m ahead for now. That’ll change I’m sure…
My advice if you undertake this:
- Always get ahead whenever you can. You will have bad days. Write more on your good days.
- It’s a challenge. But for fun. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you do not make it.
- Don’t stop because you fell behind. Not being able to make it in time is not an excuse. Words need to be written year ’round… not just in November! 🙂
That’s what I got! Join up here: Nanowrimo