We're a writing blog; so naturally, we LOVE NaNoWriMo. The mad scramble for daily word count; the haphazard plotting (or not plotting); the questions posted to the NaNo website ("Can someone please tell me the difference between a dagger and a dirk??) - we love it all.
But, there are some people who just can't do NaNo. Not because they're bad writers; their creativity just doesn't mesh with the mad dash for word count. And that's ok!
Here are some few signs you might not be ready for NaNo this year.
1. You have a half-finished novel.
NaNoWriMo is meant for writers who are just starting their novels. If your novel isn't quite finished during November, maybe you should work on preparing it for December - which is, unofficially, National Novel Revising Month. :)
2. You are stressed out by deadlines.
Some people (*cough*me*cough*) are actually more stressed than liberated by the idea of pounding out 50,000 words of unpolished drivel in one month. That's alright! There are other ways for you to motivate yourself to write without this kind of daily deadline hanging over your head. For example, try out writeordie.com, or find yourself a critique group who can hold you accountable.
3. You are a brand new writer.
Some people might disagree with me on this; but I personally feel that, if you're working on your very first novel, it's important for you to take your time and enjoy the process, the world-building, and the character development that comes with it. It's a wonderful, creative experiment that deserves your attention and a pace you are comfortable with. But, again, everyone is different! Maybe the breakneck pace of NaNo is a good way for you to try out your writing skills. :)
Every writer is different, and every writing process is different. This November, find out whether NaNo is a good option for you. And if you do decide to try out NaNoWriMo, make sure you sign up for our newsletter!