Some of the guys in the office thought it would be quite a nice idea for me (C.S. Woolley) to write a NaNoWriMo blog journal for the site updating it every few days so that those who are interested in getting involved can get a rough idea about what is involved before taking on what is a mammoth project or those who don’t feel up to the task can support those who are taking part.

The first thing to understand is why do NaNoWriMo at all. To take on the huge task of writing 50,000 words in a single month is not something most people can do for their own vanity. The Office of Letters and Light is a charity that raises money to help people to write around the world and most importantly children. Each person who takes part in NaNoWriMo can donate their own money and set up a fundraising page so people can support what they are doing.

The second thing to know is that you can’t do it alone. Writing is something that gets pushed out by other aspects of life and thought 1,667 words a day may not seem like a lot – between work, looking after the home, food shopping and all the small things that eat away at your motivation you can go weeks without putting a single word on the page. That’s where the regional meets and forum pages come in very handy. The regional meets let you get together with others and write. Well most of them do, if you happen to come to the Nottingham meet we tend to not get much writing done at the meets. But the forum and chatrooms are great for those who can’t make the meets to be encouraged.

The third thing is that because you can choose what you work on it can be difficult to feel happy with what you are writing, but as long as you write and keep writing despite your mood, you can always go back and edit later!

Happy NaNoWriMo!

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