Friday, November 11, 2011

The NaNoWriMo Spirit

**The Writing Bug would like to welcome our new Friday bloggers, Laney Flanagan (she did the Snowboarding post last week) and Dylan Larkin. They will be sharing the Friday spot.  Both are high school students and fabulous writers. I am excited to have them as part of The Writing Bug team**

Post by Dylan Larkin
We are now into the second week of November and in the writing community this means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

 It seems that every year that I have known about NaNoWriMo I have been right in the middle of a novel and have dismissed it. But not this year. Even though, I am yet again in the middle of a novel I have decided to at least try to up my writing output in honor of NaNo.

I believe that NaNo can motivate both aspiring and established authors by forcing them to look past the bad writing so they can get their creative ideas out on paper. I think every writer who can should try and join NaNoWriMo, whether officially or unofficially. It is a great way to learn how to pump out the first drafts. Now, the first draft may not be as polished as it would be if you spent more time on it, but the point is to get the idea out while it is fresh.

Even though it is already two weeks in to it, take up your pens, or keyboards, and devote yourself to your writing and see where it goes until the end of November. Makes some goals for yourself. Where do you want to be at the end of this month? 5,000 words, 10,000 or the full 50,000 words; it doesn’t matter the amount as long as it gets you up and writing so that you can make it a habit. That’s what I feel the true spirit of NaNoWriMo is about, making writing an integral part of your everyday life.

Are you participating in NaNo this year? 

Dylan Larkin is a sophomore at Erie High School in Erie, Colorado.  He had been writing ever since he’s been able to form words and hold a pencil in his hand.  He started getting serious about his future writing career in 2009 with the completion of his first novel and joined Northern Colorado Writers.  Ever since, he has been going to classes and became a member of the teen critique group at NCW, along with fellow blogger Laney Flanagan. 


Jenny said...

Once again, I am not participating in NaNo. But I like the idea that it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing undertaking.

Thanks for the jump-start!

Rini K said...

I'm in again this year! A bit slow to start, but life tends to interfere. Ah well, I'll keep slogging along :).

Dean K Miller said...

I considered it for a while, but chose to postpone for at least a year. Who knows, maybe a mini-nano in the spring...

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Dylan, it's great to see you here as a regular contributor. Adding teen voices to The Writing Bug will give us another way to look at the writing life.

I am doing my very first NaNoWriMo this year. The biggest challenge for me is to let go of the urge to research and edit as I go. No wonder writing a book usually takes me so long. The one thing I hope to get from the experience most of all is a daily writing habit.

Dylan Book Reader said...

Jenny: Thank you for your kind words and no problem!

Rini K: I hope you reach your goals.

Dean K Miller: I hope you do a mini-nano in the spring it doesn't just have to be for the official NaNo.

Patricia Stoltey: Thank you so much for readin and the compliment. Good luck on your first NaNo!

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