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NaNoWriMo Challenge: The Good And The Bad


The NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month Challenge will be ending on the 30th of November, which is about 6days from today, 24th of November. The month is gradually crawling to an end and so is NaNoWriMo.

   What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge which holds every November. The National Novel Writing Month as the name implies is a month that is picked out for writers to begin a marathon writing of a novel of about 50,000 words from the scratch or as a first draft, between the 1st of November and the 30th of November.
  So many programs and websites are set up to this effect, where writers track their progress and are even issued certificates at the end of the challenge.

However,  NaNoWriMo has its good and bad effects.

  The Good Effects

1) Discipline:
   This challenge helps you to be disciplined and get serious if you’re going to be writing a novel in one month. This is hard work but you’d discipline yourself to pick a convenient writing routine and stick to it all through.

2) Determination
    When you’re aware that you’ve got a speculated period to finish your work, you’d have no choice than to be determined and if you don’t have the zeal, you probably shouldn’t have participated in the first place!

3) Set Goal
   NaNoWriMo can be likened to a project or task which must be completed in one month. Now that’s something huge because your goals are clearly defined, achievable and time oriented.

4) The Win-Win Syndrome
       If at the end of the month, you have successfully added a novel to your name, kudos to you! You’re a winner!
And if you don’t finish before then, that doesn’t make you a loser. You’re still a winner! Because you’re on the right track to finishing.

Now let’s move to
    The Bad Effect
1) Choosing wrong routines
  Quite a number of writers pick routines they can not stick to and at some point, they break down and see themselves as loser when they look at how far other writers have gone.

2) Quantity over Quality
    Judging from the time given for the NaNoWriMo, too many writers end up with ill-written novels that are going to give editors a big headache in editing and sorting out.
Imagine editing a crappy book of 50,000-60,000 words… that’s not a healthy situation for even the best of editors and if you’re going to be a self published author, that leaves Amazon Kindle, Lulu and the rest of them with shabby ebooks for sale. Not so good!

3) NaNoWriMo ends, so what next?
   If you’re going to quit writing as soon as December creeps in. You should quit writing, take a seat here \_____and have a rethink because writing is a continuous process which only stops when you’re six feet under the ground.
If you’re going to be a writer, you’re going have to do a lot of writing, this isn’t supposed to sound as a punishment but as a liberating power and feeling of self expression.

   Don’t keep your thoughts to yourself,let me know what effect the NaNoWriMo challenge has on you and your writing, in the comment box below. 🙂


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