As many of you know I’m hoping to finish NaNoWriMo within the next few days. The other day me and my friend were discussing her entering NaNoWriMo a week before it finishes, and as I was yelling at her for trying to write 50k in a week our English teacher came over and asked what we were talking about. When we told her about NaNoWriMo she was absolutely appalled. She seemed just disgusted that someone would try to write that much in a month, because then you’re obviously not writing very high quality stuff. I tried to explain to her that it was really beneficial for many people because getting the words out can be the biggest challenge, but she just wasn’t having it. I can see where she’s coming from, though. That conversation inspired this post, the pros and cons of NaNoWriMo.

Pros
You are getting the words out.
It makes writing a social thing.
The element of competition is what gets many people (including me) to write.
There are pep talks delivered periodically, which help a lot.
There are hundreds of people just waiting to give you help with naming, plot, historical details, etc.
Regardless of what genre you’re writing there are people to help you.
You are exposed to a community of people who have a lot in common with you.
Everybody is incredibly accepting.
It’s 100% acceptable to promo your blog.
You have to stop procrastinating.
You’re often writing from the heart, because you don’t end up thinking much.
Other writing challenges will seem easier by comparison.
You have to learn to organize yourself.

Cons
The work isn’t very high quality, and will need editing.
You will probably cry a few times.
You are under pressure to perform a very daunting and time consuming task.
Your writing may not improve, since you’re so focused on the word count.
If you fall behind it’s easy to lose hope and give up.
You’ll probably be pretty isolated from friends and family. I personally see this as a pro, but some of you enjoy socializing, so…
There is a chance that you will die from coffee overdose.

There are legitimate pros and cons to both sides, but I think NaNoWriMo is worth it. Without it there is a very high chance that I would have lost steam for my blog, but here I am, still writing at least one blog post daily after a month.
What do you think of NaNoWriMo? Does it work for you? Let me know in the comments.

 

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