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Go Team You! (NaNoWriMo Prep Part 1)

Writing a novel is no easy task. Sure, writing a novel is definitely doable if you’re up for the challenge. But it’s emotionally draining, mentally challenging, and physically difficult.

NaNoWriMo is great for a lot of things: motivation to begin chasing your dreams, a difficult challenge and the feeling of accomplishment once it’s completed, and so many resources for the writing world. Yet, it is a stressful 30 days. The pressure is on as soon as the clock strikes midnight on November 1st.

Despite the pressure, NaNo helps out with one more thing (whether you join the challenge or not): a writing community.

If you strive to be a published writer, or even if you just write for yourself, it’s so important to have a support system.

NaNoWrio 2016: Go Team You!

Why you should have a group of writer friends

Writers understand what other writers go through on a day to day basis like no one else does:

–Writing is hard
–Good days are high word counts. Bad days are staring at a blank screen
–You want to write when you can’t. But when you can write, you have no motivation.
–Killing characters is the easiest and hardest thing ever
–Caffeine is the best invention
–We don’t do it for the money
–We know the success rate is low, but we keep trying anyway
–Writing isn’t a hobby, it’s a passion
–Talking to yourself (or your imaginary friends) is totally okay
–The best ideas come in the shower

You can bounce ideas off of your writer friends. You can write stories together. You can read and critique each other’s work. You can ask spelling and grammar questions and argue over who’s right. Writers truly are a writer’s best friend.

However, while you need at least one person who fully understands what you do and why you do it, you need a second support group.

Why you should have a group of non-writer friends

They’re your first readers. Hand out your draft to a few friends and they’ll let you know what they think through a reader’s perspective. Some may even critique it for you.

They’re your cheerleaders. They may not understand what goes into creating a book, but they know enough to realize what an amazing accomplishment writing and publishing a book is.

Share the wealth of your writing world. Grab a writing buddy and a cheerleader of your work. Hold your head up high, put your thinking cap on, and get to work.

Even when you start to feel discouraged whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or just writing for yourself, remember to cheer yourself on and you have a huge support system rooting for you.

Go you!

Are you a part of any writing communities locally or on the internet outside of NaNo? Do you have any close friends who support your writing but don’t fully understand it? Let me know in the comments!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

10 thoughts on “Go Team You! (NaNoWriMo Prep Part 1)

    1. I understand that. Though if you do sign up, you’ll have full access to the forum and such which is a great community. Remember, you don’t have to reach 50k words. If your goal is to reach 5,000, then that’s fine too. Any progress is progress. 🙂

  1. Greetings from one of your cheerleaders who is not a writer but a “writing coach.” I haven’t published but recognize what is publishable and who has potential worth publishing. You do, girl, so go for it! Rah Rah!!

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