If you are someone who loves writing but hasn’t been able to devote time to it because of other commitments or general procrastination, NaNoWriMo might just be your way in! It’s a month-long writing process in which writers have to finish writing a 50k-word novel! Sounds tough, doesn’t it? But it’s not the goal that always matters, it’s the journey. Let’s take you through 10 reasons why you should participate in NaNoWriMo 2020. 

#1 Because it’s challenging!

If someone told you that you will have to write a 50k word novel in a span of 30 days, wouldn’t that make you a little more excited? Imagine the adrenaline coursing through your veins as you sharpen your pencils, or well, crack your fingers as you prepare to sit down and forget food, water, and sometimes breathing, to try and fulfil the challenge as dedicatedly as possible. And on top of this, you now have the time to devote to this exercise because you are at home. And we’re not saying that you’re completely devoid of work and routine, but to do something productive in these despondent times; now isn’t that a challenge?

#2 Helps you develop a daily writing routine

Not all writers procrastinate, but if you take the word of one who does (guilty as charged!), we find it very hard to follow a set routine. It gets boring, and it gets more boring if you know that you have all he time in the world to write your book. Throw in the challenge of writing 50k words in 30 days and the mundaneness of it goes for a toss. Plus, having a writing routine will eventually help you streamline your writing processes, solve the never-ending question of the ‘writer’s block’, and train your mind to automatically jog itself into writing at least a few hundred words everyday. So, even if you don’t complete 50k words in 30 days, who knows? You might come out of it a writer with a stable writing routine. Now, heard of those?

#3 You can conquer your fears and insecurities!

Starting something new is always terrifying. All these questions plague you; what if I am not good enough? What if my idea is absolute trash? What if I don’t like what I have written? What if others don’t like what I’ve written? It’s natural to have doubts assail at your mind, especially if you are a writer who’s trying out this adventure for the first time. It’s easy to give advice, it’s easy to say, ‘don’t be afraid’. But the real challenge is embarking on this journey. As soon as you start, you’ll meet a huge community of writers; afraid, skeptical, and newcomers. You have to remember that it’s better to try something that you’ve been fascinated by rather than regret it later.

#4 Build creative momentum and deal with writer’s block

“Writer’s block” is a term that constitutes a vast number of issues: inability to write, resistance to ideas, creative burnout, lack of clarity, and developmental issues regarding your story.  NaNoWriMo challenges you to write at least 1700 words every day. When you focus on just one thing, i.e. completing your word count of the day, the writer’s bock is trained to disappear from your head. You’ll have to take a moment to figure out what the issue is and then immediately go back to writing This way, you’ll learn to overcome resistance and other issues, getting your word count well before the end of the day. And once your mind is trained, you’ll carry it long after NaNoWriMo is over.

#5 Find a writing community!

Writers are solitary animals, okay. But everyone needs feedback, a writing buddy, a general pick-me-up person who also knows the ins and outs of the process, someone who is experienced in the NaNoWriMo process, and someone who will push you towards completing this challenge. Participating in NaNoWriMo 2020 will ensure that not only you get a stable community to help, but also a permanent community of writers who will assist and aid you in your other projects too.

#6 You’ll have the opportunity to do charity

Find out how you can support writing programs, schools, and many more people in dire need of funds here.

#7 You have an idea; plain and simple

#8 You love to write!

#9 Curb unnecessary editing

The main focus of NaNoWriMo 2020 is to write a novel like you’re in the matador races at Spain. While writing in a normal schedule, most writers give a lot of time to editing their chapters, wasting time in which they could’ve written another chapter. After you complete the colossal task of writing 50k words, leave the editing of your novel to us! PaperTrue’s experienced editors will help you structure your plot better, flesh out your characters, and give suggestions on what you can do to add more details and depth in the fictional world. Apart from this, they will make your novel error-free and flawless. To know more about our editing services, check out our website. 

#10 It builds discipline

We’ve convinced you to participate in NaNoWriMo 2020, but if you’re unsure of how to start, check out the PaperTrue Resource Center on Preptober, writing schedules, and more!