Why #NaNoWriMo Was the Best Thing That Happened To Me

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Four years ago almost to the day (alright, minus 3 days), I started writing my first novel during #NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. During #NaNoWriMo, you have to write a 50,000 word novel and you have the entire month of November to do so. Let me just say, this was the most difficult thing I have ever done. It’s not just the word count that is heavy, but you have to develop characters, plot, and a cohesive novel all in 30 days. Can you even imagine doing that? In order to achieve 50,000 words by the end of the month, you have to write about 1,667 words per day.

Novelists take months, more like years to just complete a novel, yet crazy writers spend their entire month of November doing so. Completing #NaNoWriMo does not mean that your novel needs to be clean and edited and ready to publish, but it can be a draft, mine certainly was. You don’t have to complete it your first time, although I did, it was the roughest month of my life. People thought I was crazy to take on this challenge during my junior year of high school and just in general. But it was the best decision of my life.

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