This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – Am I missing a lot not doing NaNoWriMo?
I have never tried it, though I’ve researched a lot about it for articles. I don’t set a daily word count goal–I write fifty or five hundred and I’m fine with that. I don’t care as long as I write. It seems to work for me, but I’m open to improvement. Every year, NaNoWriMo grabs my attention in November as a possible way to improve my writing habits. I rarely hear any participants sound lukewarm about the time they spent. In fact, most are effusive about the writing accomplished, the kick-start to their novel, and the supportive community. You don’t even have to succeed–all you have to do is try. Failure to accomplish the required number of words (50,000) still means success in so many other ways.
Which makes me feel a little like those kindergarten soccer games where everyone gets a trophy and no one keeps score.
What do you think? Is there reason enough to join even if I have no intention of writing all those words, every day? Why are you joining?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of dozens of books (on technology in education) as well as the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.