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NaNoWriMo From a Beginner's Perspective

by Jay Cordero 6 months ago in how to

Don't Let The Pressure Get To You

NaNoWriMo From a Beginner's Perspective
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I know what you're thinking. "Isn't it kind of late to write about NaNoWriMo?" or maybe you're thinking, "what the hell is that?!" In any case, I have taken the time to talk about NaNoWriMo from the beginner's perspective.

National Novel Writing Month is finally upon us, and every writer is trying their best to achieve their goals. Whether it is the traditional goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month or a more personalized smaller goal, this month can be essential for our writing. I personally am not participating fully this year, which is unfortunate. However, like every other writer, I have great plans for this NaNoWriMo.

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My First NaNoWriMo

I remember the first time I ever heard of NaNoWriMo; it was a cold November day, and I was pacing around my house while looking at writing Twitter. That is when I saw the hashtag.

I remember that November was incredibly difficult for me. I was struggling to survive my untreated depression. And despite my and my familist best efforts, I couldn't find the help I needed. Therefore, I was stuck at home, with nothing to do other than fantasize about writing. Even when I'm depressed, all I can think about is writing, which turns out to be a good thing. We all need something to look forward to, especially during our darkest times.

I was so excited to discover there was an entire month dedicated to writing. I immediately texted my boyfriend about it. He could tell I was excited, and it had been a long time since the last time I showed excitement for something.

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My Goals for this NaNoWriMo

Even though I will not attempt to write an entire novel, I still gave myself a little project to work on. As writers, it is crucial for us to write as often as possible, even every day. Many creators and experienced writers always like to emphasize the importance of consistency and dedication. And they're right! We must continuously exercise our writing muscles (Lol, even I know that was a little cheesy).

So far, it has been a little challenging to stick to my goals because [insert a long list of excuses here]. Doesn't really matter why. However, it is still vital for me (and YOU, my dear reader, assuming you're also a writer) to acknowledge our failures and the propensity for human error within us. Despite what you might believe, I am not beating myself up for struggling with my goals, and neither should you!!! Instead, we should learn from other people's successes and mistakes, as well as our own.

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My Hope for Future Novembers and NaNoWriMos

I have no intention of writing a novel this year. I also have the suspicion that NaNoWriMo may not be the ideal format for me to work on one anyway. However, I have decided that I want to participate at least once in my life.

If you are a beginner, just like me, and you feel like you HAVE to participate, don't let the pressure get to you. I know it's difficult to see the writing community's entirety participating and working on their novels. However, it is way more important to set manageable goals that you can achieve in a reasonable amount of time. So, enjoy the festive spirit of NaNoWriMo and get some writing done (not necessarily 50,000 words, but we already covered this).

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Jay Cordero
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Jay Cordero


Ever since I was little I loved stories; they made me feel connected to something bigger than myself. This is why I am working towards becoming a writer. I want to be able to replicate the bliss I feel when reading for my readers.

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