What ALL Writers Can Learn from NANO 2016
Last year, during the Nano 2016 Competition, I was deeply engrossed in the writing of my December 2016 release: Skipping Childhood: A Novel and feeling extremely proud for what I was accomplishing. Although I didn’t succeed in completing the Nano Competition in the traditional way, I still had remarkable results, in a 35-day period. [Click here to Read all about my 2016 Nano experiences]
In addition to publishing both Amazon Kindle and paperback formats of my book in 2016, the other memorable thing that resulted from Nano 2016 was a companion blog to the book. The Skipping Childhood (Ramblings) blog was specifically created and dedicated to “ramblings” about the newly published book, which deals with a young girl’s history of sexual abuse. The blog has also managed to be a vehicle for discussing various other topics, as they relate to the issue. It focuses on the wide array of mixed and confused feelings that survivors often have, and offers ways to help them cope. For instance, when discussing the idea of mental EMANCIPATION, some very important points are brought out in the blog post:
This is truly a thought provoking article for anyone who is fighting a similar battle, especially in the recent #MeToo climate of abuse that the world finds itself in. The above article and the entire blog is worth checking out and sharing with others. [ #skippnovel ]. Coping and moving forward may not be easy, but it IS possible.
NOTE: The ebook title (How To Live Life in a Positive Bubble) that you find referenced in the above blog post has been revised and the book is re-branded as: How to Be Happy Without Hardly Trying (A Self-help Guide on Positive Thinking) and is available on Amazon.
Learn from Nano 2016
I learned lots of important things last year, in my attempt to complete the Nano challenge, but one of the most important things I learned was that if you take it, no matter what the outcome, you end up a WINNER.
At first I questioned myself and my reluctance to interact with other Nano writers. I told myself that I could handle the challenge on my own, without the motivation of other writers. Not that I didn’t want to be motivated by others, but rather, I didn’t want to feel compelled to check in, provide updates, meet milestones, and so forth. Ironically, that is exactly how many writers chose to stay on course, by plugging in and trying to keep pace with other writers. For some people, this might work, for others – like myself – it doesn’t.
Any writer can learn from Nano 2016, even if you didn’t take the challenge, but only thought about it. You probably regret not having joined in. Before 2016, I regretted the previous years of just “thinking” about participating. If you THOUGHT about participating in 2016, but for some reason you decided against it, now you can probably see and understand much better that by participating this year, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
Write Frame of Mind
Are you afraid of commitment to such a huge endeavor? Even as a second-time novelist, the fear was still there for me, especially when confronted with a 30-day deadline. But without some type of deadline (self-imposed or otherwise), you won’t ever see an end to your book. So use the competition’s deadline as a beacon of light that you continue traveling towards. This type of thinking is the WRITE frame of mind to be in.
If you take the challenge, on your own terms and within your own abilities, no matter how far along your book is on November 30th, you’ve taken a major step. If you don’t meet the November deadline, no worries. Just keep your momentum, your enthusiasm and your productivity going, and you will complete your goal before the year’s end! That’s the beauty of the Nano challenge. So what are you waiting for? It’s time for Nano 2017. Get started writing!