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by Asma Gaba
I first learned of my passion for writing during my first year of high school. My writing wasn’t at all good back then, but I loved crafting stories and creating poetry. After a year or so, I decided that I wanted to write a novel. The prospect of writing a full book with the hopes of getting it published was daunting, and so for the years to come, I’d only think about it, never taking action on my dream. Until I learned of NaNoWriMo
Every year on November, NaNoWriMo begins. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a program in where the goal is to write 50,000 words in a month without editing. It’s simple: you make an account on the site and commit to writing about 1,667 words a day for the 30 days in November.
Throughout the month, known authors will post words of advice and inspiration on the message boards to keep everyone going. At the end of the month, you copy paste your work onto the word counter, and if it’s 50,000 words or more, you’re a winner! My favorite part of NaNoWriMo is that it connects people from your area and forms a group and the leaders of each group host parties and writing sessions- it’s a great way to immerse yourself in your local writing community!
On November of 2015, I decided that I would take advantage of the support and network NaNoWriMo provided, and finished the rough draft for what I hope will be my debut novel! Months of rigorous editing, beta readers, more editing, times where I almost gave up, even more editing, times where I abandoned my work for months- and finally, this month, I’ve finished my novel! Ten months of writing and connecting with other writers have given me some tips and tricks on how to get through the work, and I thought I would share it with more writers.
I may not be an amazing writer, but I enjoy the craft immensely. If anyone needs writing advice, feel free to submit your questions anonymously through my advice column, here. Or you can contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to help, and hope these tips helped!