I first heard of NaNoWriMo when reading Leo’s Zen Habits 2009 write up. Thought it was interesting and then went on. Of course I thought ‘Gee, that’s exactly what I need to get that novel (finished / continue / uh.. started!) Then Lori reminded me of the challenge when she advised her audience at large about her lessons. We had a bunch of conversations, comments, tweets, and mutual admiration sessions and I got really excited about it. Later on my inner drill sergeant screamed at me Full Metal Jacket style to “Come on you pansy, quit talking about what you’re going to do and do it already! It’s time to buckle up, butter cup!” My inner voices can be quite demanding at times. So I decided I would. Then I told you.
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Support Systems

As I can let no new endeavor commence without the obligatory procrastination… uh, I mean research, I searched the interwebs for examples of people doing the NaNoWriMo challenge. One of the recurring themes I read here is the concept of a support system. Well, we all know that most great accomplishments come from personal inspiration backed up by a support team to get you through those lonely doubting hours.

In fact, I cannot think of a single thing I’ve accomplished without the help of a support team.

Boy am I going to need help on this one! And I don’t think I’m the only one in need.

It takes a Village – How You Can Help

Option 1: Join me in writing NaNoWriMo

Come on, you know you want to write that novel you’ve been holding inside!

4 Reasons for You to Join me in NaNoWriMo

1. Learn how to schedule your creativity.

Leo did. Worked out pretty well for him, didn’t it?

2. Learn how to write.

Ali says it better than I can as she recaps her experience here:

I believe that there’s real value in just seeing something through, even if the results are pretty dismal. The experience of writing a novel for NaNoWriMo probably isn’t going to get you a brilliant publishable piece of fiction at the end of the month … but it is going to help you learn about the writing process (plotting, developing characters, writing dialogue) and it may well help you to establish the writing discipline that you need to carry on developing.

3. Make Progress Towards that Bucket List

It’s amazing how many people out there have a book hidden in them. It’s amazing how few get it out of their subconscious and out on to paper. If you want to be one of the few, the proud, the published, this is your first step!

4. You’re Good Enough!

Writing can take a deal of courage. Everyone has read an author and has been absolutely blown away. While you love and appreciate the talent an author expresses and marvel at how those words have enriched your life, perhaps a small part of despairs thinking that since you’ll never match that artistry, why even make your own effort. This happens to me every day… usually in the comments section of my own blog!

Intimidation isn’t a good enough reason to stop. If you’re not scared, you’re probably not growing.

5. Because You Can.

This may be the best and only reason. You should write because you can. Because it would be a sin to waste that ability. Because if you can accomplish something, and you choose not to for any reason other than striving towards some other great purpose, what does that make you?

Option 2: Have a Blog?

Check out the NaNoBlogMo challenge! Know a blogger who’s doing NaNoWriMo? Send them that link!

Option 3: General Support

When the going gets tough, the tough rely on their friends to pull them through! Everything that I’ve read on this challenge indicates that it takes an inordinate amount of reassurance and cheering from your support structure to pull it through.

So, What’s It Gonna Be?

Writing? Tell the world below!
Blogging? Tell us below AND sign up for NaNoBlogMo!
Cheering? Let’s hear it in the comments section!

Comments (6)

Thanks for the quote and the link! And best of luck with your first NaNo. The “No Plot, No Problem” book by Chris Baty (the founder of NaNoWriMo) is fantastic – helpful, funny, very readable.

I completely agree with your point “You’re Good Enough”. I meet so many talented writers who are afraid that their work will never be good enough … but every single writer starts out without anything published, and starts with a (usually dodgy) first draft.

Hey Ted, I can’t wait to see you kick buttkiss.
You’ll do this, I have no doubt in my mind. Congrats for getting your NaNoBlogMo groove on, too.
I can’t wait to watch your progress. Effortless. For sure.
(Tks for the link love, too, you’re too awesome.)

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