by Gabrielle L.
NaNoWriMo is one of the biggest challenges a writer can face. Setting a goal and trying your hardest to complete it within only 1 month is so challenging! But, as tough as NaNoWriMo is, the final result is priceless; your very own novel.
I have done 3 NaNoWriMo’s so far, and I have finished all of them. I may not have liked my novel afterwards, wished I had done more, had hundreds of spelling errors and grammar twists, but I had a huge accomplishment that I could not gain elsewhere; I had written a whole novel in just one month. You may say that you didn’t write enough or that your goal is too small, but if you want to actually finish your novel, your goal has to be attainable. It can be 100 words or 100,000, NaNoWriMo is different for everybody and there should be no shame for having a smaller goal!
And if you don’t finish, that is 100% okay too, you still have something you wrote and can add on to later. Didn’t write anything at all? That is completely fine! As nerve racking as it gets, there is no need to stress or worry over it! Remember this challenge is for increasing your writing skills, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
So, when you hit that wall and you just don’t know what to write, just take a breath, and realize the reason why you are writing. Because you are a writer and you can do this. You have the strength, the willpower, the skills and talent to complete NaNoWriMo, and even though it may seem like you can’t right now, you can. Push away writers block, shut out the critics, reach that deadline and finish NaNoWriMo strong!