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A NaNoWriMo PSA, because winning is not what you think it is

NaNoWriMo, one of the most stressful time of a writer’s life, where we pound away at a keyboard with our fingers (or our heads, depending on our current sanity,) in an attempt to write 50,000 words or maybe even 100,000 if you’re a demi-God or something.

It’s a great time to push yourself, and do what you’ve always wanted to do. Write a book. And yeah, reaching 50,000 words can be amazing. It’s an achievement, right? It’s the only thing that matters, reaching that goal.

The one issue with NaNoWriMo however, is that people focus too much on the 50,000 words. They believe that you have to write this much, or you’ve failed. But what they need to remember- what you need to remember- is that NaNoWriMo isn’t just about writing a novel in one month.

It’s about making friends within the writing community. It’s about helping support others and encouraging them to do their best.

It’s about starting something great. It’s about standing up and shouting to the world ‘I’m going to write!’ It’s about giving yourself focus and drive.

It’s about inspiration and motivation. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. It’s about getting that kick-start for a new project or dusting off an old one.

It’s about bringing the excitement of writing back into your life. Sure, we writers complain about it sometimes, but we do it with a smile. Because however stressful NaNoWriMo can be, it is also fun, and challenging. It brings us together.

So does it matter if you end up writing 50,000 words in one month? No, it doesn’t. What matters is that you tried. What matters is that you started something, anything, that you maybe wouldn’t have started without NaNoWriMo.

You’ve begun your writing journey. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t finish it with NaNoWriMo. All that matter is that’s where it started.

So 50 words or 50,000 words. No matter your final word count, you’ve won.

It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey, however short that may be.

That’s what you need to remember.

 

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