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12 Days Of NaNoWriMo: What Is NaNoWriMo?

If you are a writer of any sort, you’ve likely heard of NaNoWriMo, the official abbreviated form of National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo is an annual writeathon in which writers from around the world attempt to write 50,000 words between the 01st and 30th of November. Founded by writer Chris Baty in 1999, NaNoWriMo has grown from twenty-one participants in its first year to hundreds of thousands of registered participants each year.

“50,000 words, you say? You must be crazy!”

No, dear reader. I am not.

NaNoWriMo encourages writers to put their words on paper first and focus on making things pretty and perfect later. The editing phase exists for a reason, and NaNoWriMo’s practice encourages writers to vomit their words onto their pages and polish it to gold later.

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Your Writing ≠ Chronological

We’ve all experienced it. Writer’s Block. Yeah. It sucks.

Sometimes, Writer’s Block hits before we’ve even begun. Who all has sat in front of a blank white document staring at that cursor blinking and wondering what to possibly put on the page? Don’t be shy. We’ve all been there.

Sometimes, Writer’s Block hits mid-prose. Things have been going well, but now you are inexplicably stuck. And the longer you sit and try to figure out what comes next, the more discouraged you get, and the more you start to hate your prose.

Over the years, I’ve learned that Writer’s Block isn’t exactly Writer’s Block, as in a mental block preventing you from going further. Writer’s Block is more of your brain telling you to skip the “boring” scenes and get back to the action.

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