November—and with it National Novel Writing Month, where writers try to pound out 50,000 words in 30 days—is less than a month away. [Cue ominous music]
If you’re anything like me, this is the time of year when you examine your writing life with a bit of apprehension, wondering whether attempting NaNoWriMo is a good idea or just an exercise in futility. Will you maintain the willpower to achieve victory, or spend a month living in the guilt of word counts not met?
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I’m here to help you make that decision.
Take this short quiz below, add up your numbers, and see what my recommendation is for your November.
Should you do NaNoWriMo this year?
Maybe it’s best if you waited a year. Or a month. Or finished up some other projects first. Not attempting NaNoWriMo doesn’t mean you’re not finding writing or life success elsewhere. Get out there, be awesome, and breathe a sigh of relief that you’re not joining in the mad frenzy this time.
How badly do you want to win? If this year’s Nano novel is just a chance to kickstart your writing brain or play around with a new fiction idea, more power to you! But if you have to get to 50,000 words or you’ll feel like you’ve wasted your time, either look at shuffling your priorities or reconsider starting.
Go! Write! Win! The only thing standing between you and 50,000 words is the will to get there. It still won’t be easy, but it seems like the various pieces of your life are mostly in place for noveling success.
* If you don’t have an idea for a novel yet, that’s okay too! I personally wouldn’t start November 1st without one, but if you prefer working by the seat of your pants, more power to you. I tend to get a lot of writing motivation from characters in my head that need to be let out.