Choosing between things you want to do can be freeing, bracing, and a huge opportunity to do something you love you’d never thought of before!
But that said: choosing is hard.
For the past 4 years, I have been a part of NaNoWriMo, an amazing writing experience where writers around the world write novel drafts of 50,000 or more words in a single month. For tons of folks it’s the first time they’ve dedicated themselves to writing, and they have a huge online support community to back them up.
For the past 4 years, I have been blogging, and wanted to be a part of NaBloPoMo, a month-long festival of blogging where participants write a post every day for a month. For tons of bloggers it’s a chance to really push themselves into regular writing, and there’s a huge online support community to back them up.
SO, how to choose?
Consider what it is you want at the end of this challenge. What will make you proud? What will make you a better writer? What challenges can you vanquish through this process?
And then, with all the insight-laden navel-gazing out of the way, consult this table of some differences between the programs.
|NaNoWriMo and/or NaBloPoMo|
|Pushes you to accept the good, rather than the perfect.|
|Helps you hone your writing by writing more.|
|Instills regular writing habits|
|Provides a support network|
And now differences:
|Takes place only in November||Can be done in any month of the year|
|Challenge to create one narrative in a long form||Writers can focus on one subject all month or a variety|
|Generally regards fiction||Can cover fiction, poetry, current events or photos|
|Affirming website with daily word count check in||Sense of accomplishment each day you write because each day you win.|
|“Victory” is measured in word count||“Victory” is measured in meeting the daily deadline|
|Thriving online and in-person support network||(From what I’ve seen, mostly an online network? Comment if you have info!)|
|Finished writing needs to be edited or left to marinate||Finished writing is visible and published and already getting views|
With all that in mind, I’m tucking those 4 novel drafts away this month and tucking in a brand-new-to-me challenge, NaBloPoMo. I can tell you I don’t think I’d have the guts to do it ordinarily, but NaNoWriMo taught me a lot about cranking out copy on a deadline and accepting good & done over perfect & never done. That mentality has turned me into a better writer and blogger by getting me to actually produce writing – it was only after NaNo that I started writing copy and blogs in my career, and it’s been on the upswing ever since. I want to work on meeting writing deadlines, and writing something every day. So this year, it’s NaBloPoMo for me!
I’m so grateful for all the writing programs out there for communities of people working to be stronger, better writers! Good luck to everyone jumping into the journey with me, I hope to be reading and writing all month long 🙂
Are you taking on a writing challenge this month? What scares you about signing up?