NaNoWriMo 2011 was a life changing experience for me. After going through that hospital scare in 2011, it made me realize I need to make my dreams happen. I want to be remembered as someone who never gave up on his big dreams.
The reason I’m skipping NaNoWriMo this year is not because I’ve given up. It’s because I’ve been editing and rewriting the book I wrote last year. Right now, I’m focusing on getting my manuscript polished. After I finish that, and get more critiques from readers, I’m going to hire an editor to get knee deep into the prose, and continue the process to publication.
If you have always wanted to write a novel, but never thought you could, NaNoWriMo is a great choice. The point of NoNoWriMo isn’t about making perfect sentences, or writing with perfect grammar. The point is to finish.
The first draft of a book written during NaNoWriMo, I guarantee, will be horrible. (Then again every first draft of anything always sucks unless you’re perfect: and nobody is perfect.) The book only gets better with rewriting.
If I hadn’t had participated in NaNoWriMo last year, I never would have written my novel. I probably would only have ideas, and not act on them. So if you’ve been just thinking about writing the Great American Novel, sign up for the craziness of NaNoWriMo!