The most wonderful time of the year: NaNoWriMo (part one)
Less than an hour remains before the 2013 National Novel Writing Month begins.
The contest, which runs during the month of November, begins at midnight tonight. Ambitious writers around the world have stockpiled chocolate, coffee and other favorite snacks in preparation for the annual word marathon. They’ll leave the household chores and cooking to the rest of the family.
Each participant attempts to reach 50,000 words before the end of the month. An average page is about 250 words, which means these writers average between six and seven pages every day.
What can writers learn by participating in NaNoWriMo?
Dedication and commitment
Writers with a full-time job, families or other pursuits must work hard to keep up with the daily goal of 1,667 words. Late nights, early mornings and weekends are filled with writing.
Writing without the Inner Editor
The Inner Editor is what stops writers mid-sentence, deleting what they wrote and trying to revise it before the sentence is complete. WriMos are encouraged to write without editing. Revisions take place at a later date.
Time management and scheduling
Participants learn they must write in varying blocks of time. It may be easy to find an hour or more to write during the weekend, but finding time during the work week can be difficult. Fifteen minute blocks during lunch can boost the word count.
(Part two of this article will appear tomorrow)
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