Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

It is officially that magical time of year for writers everywhere! National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo) has begun. For those of you unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge for writers across the globe. The challenge is to write 50,000 words within the 30 days of November. The goal is to get that first draft complete of a new novel. This has proven to be the jump start many writers need in finally getting that first started. I think because NaNoWriMo encourages writers to forget the technicalities. The goal is to get the words down and first drafts are meant to be crap. You can clean up crap, but you can’t clean up a blank page. So really the main focused goal here is to just write. Don’t worry about punctuation, grammar, or any of it! Just get the words down.

Now some people don’t believe they’ve won unless they hit 50,000 words. I personally am amongst the many who believe that as long as you are trying and got some words down towards your story – you’ve won. I feel like the point of NaNoWriMo is to start that novel. To get the word flow going. Not everyone makes it to the 50k finish line, but you are still a winner to me if you get any words down at all. It’s in making the effort and trying that makes you the winner.

One suggestion I do have to keep motivated in your writing is to communicate with other participants. Last year was the first time I participated more along my home region. I actually stepped out of my comfort zone and interacted with other people from my area. Heck I even managed to make it to the regional Kick Off Party. Unfortunately, I made it to no other in person events, but I found the forums and chat room very useful in finding motivation to keep myself going.

I think it also helped we had an inner regional word war going. In 2017 it was Heroes VS Villains. I was on Team Villains. We totally kicked butt. It was a sweet victory. My home region is doing another inner word war this year, only now we are Pirates VS Ninjas. I’m on Team Ninja and hope to be a part of the winning team again. It definitely motivates one to write their heart out when they sign on to participate in a regional word war. I mean, don’t want to let the team down – right? Ha!

As I am now entering my third year of NaNoWriMo I do hope to experience a couple things. One is obviously another victory. I hit 50,000 words my first years and would like to keep my streak going. Two I would like to make it to an in person write-in session. I unfortunately was unable to make it to the regional Kick Off Party this year, but I am hoping to at least do one write-in. I just think it could be a fun experience. We shall see though with how things flow throughout the month. A lot has been happening behind the scenes both in personal and professional light. So this is a definite goal to experience this year, but I’m not going to hold my breath on it.

Who all is participating in NaNoWriMo? What are you working on this year? If you haven’t yet, feel free to ADD ME as a writing buddy! I’ll definitely add you back. ❤ Don’t mind my ninja décor on my icon though. I’m just showing some team spirit for my fellow Ninjas in the regional word war.

XOXO, Jane

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