Writing the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in just thirty days is quite the undertaking.
I'm not participating and to be honest, even in the years I participated, I don't think I ever "won" (winning means getting down those 50k words).
I just can't write 1667 words per day for thirty days straight. Can't do it. But here's the thing, I consider myself a fairly productive writer.
Not as productive as my pal, Boyd Craven
who "only" wrote 70,000 words last month, but I do okay.
My brain needs to rest.
I need to daydream. A lot. It's part of my process. One can't write and daydream simultaneously.
Plus, I'm a plotter, so I need to think things out ahead of time. Multiple times. Again, more downtime needed.
I can't turn off my internal editor.
Sure, my first draft is riddled with flaws, but it's still got to be a cohesive, relatively well-paced story.
I'm not one of those who can take a random writing prompt ("put a troll with grass for hair into your story!) and spin 500 words about it.
But if you can, go for it!!
It's physically demanding.
Seriously. If you write every day for thirty days your hands, neck, shoulders and/or back WILL protest.
I think NaNoWriMo is a GREAT dose of motivation, especially to those who are starting out. I have the utmost respect for its participants. Heck, I'm a wee bit jealous of you.
But remember: even if you don't reach 50,000 words this month, you're still a winner for pursuing your dream of writing a novel!
Oh, and slacker, non-winner, unproductive little-old-me put out two books last month:
The Hitwoman Hires a Manny and Until Proven Innocent. Be sure to check them out.
Tell me Killer Friends: Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you ever done it? Are you a winner?