Every year I’m intrigued by the event that is NaNoWriMo. And every year I fail to sign up. Me. The aspiring writer can’t manage to participate in NaNo. Why you might ask? Well let me tell you. I’m busy. It’s as simple as that. I get busy, time flies by and before I know it I forgot to sign up and I’m saying “That’s okay, I’ll just do it next year.” Which is always the biggest lie I tell myself. I have yet to sign up and I doubt that this year will be much different. But even though I have three jobs, am a full time student graduating in May, and running a club on campus, here’s why I should sign up, and here’s why ANYONE with a busy schedule should sign up:
- It gives you goals and goals are good. I know that I work really well when I have an ultimate goal. NaNo lets you set your own goals and it helps you reach them in a realistic setting.
- You have a great support system. There are HUNDREDS of BILLIONS of people (okay maybe not that many, but still a lot) working on their writing that would love to help you and encourage you along the way.
- You will have a finished-ish product. I’m not saying it will be perfect, but it will be finished none the less. And then all of the cliché blood, sweat, and tears that you poured into that manuscript will have been worth it (or so I’m told).
- It’s FUN. It really is fun. Because you get a break from homework and school and can just write. So instead of watching Netflix for three hours at night maybe you choose to write 5,000 words instead. Or maybe 100 if you’re like me and need more “realistic” goals.
Whatever your reasoning, or whatever your desire, NaNo is a great opportunity. Maybe I’ll even do it this year (she said as she winked). I know I’ll be telling all of my Creative Writing kiddos to join! Plus, if you want to do NaNo and you join Creative Writing Club, I’ll give you time to write. BONUS. You were coming to the meeting anyway, and now I’m giving you a chance to write, and I’ll tell you lots of encouraging things as you write your little heart out!