Don’t Get Overstressed for NaNoWriMo

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It is the first of November and the start of NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. I didn’t know it existed until earlier this year by the way. I really want to write a novel this month and be a winner for NaNoWriMo.


I still haven’t finished my current novel and I’m starting to feel the pressure.

The plan was to have my novel submitted to my proofreader before November 1. That way I had the month of November to write book 2.

So now I’m left with a choice. Either 1) Don’t do NaNoWriMo and focus on getting my edits done and try again next year or whenever I finish or 2) do both at the same time.

I’m thinking more towards the first one because I think of NaNoWriMo as an incentive to just get a first draft down. As long as I get a first draft down in a month it really doesn’t matter what month I do it in.

All over the internet writing blogs are talking about NaNoWriMo and a lot of them are saying something good or bad about this “holiday”.

Here is my pros and cons list for doing NaNoWriMo and I hope this helps you decide if participating is best for you.


1.  You can have a draft to edit by Christmas and you’ll have a New Year’s Resolution of publishing that book.

2.  Writing everyday will help your writing skills in story telling and productivity.

3.  It will force you to write past doubts, fears and writers’ block because you have to keep writing to reach your daily word count goal.

4.  Your imagination goes into overdrive and your creativity reaches a new peak when the time is taken out to focus on creating.

5.  If you know anybody else that’s doing NaNoWriMo you can meet up with them and talk about writing. It’s nice to have a writing friend that understands you but don’t forget that you still have to write the novel yourself.

6.  Any progress you make is still progress. So however much you get done during November you can still continue to work on it even after the month is over and you don’t “win.”


1.  It takes up a lot of time.

2.  You have to fight your inner editor to just keep writing past the known typos and mistakes.

3.  There is a LOT of work to be done to correct a novel that you just spit out in 30 days. This will requires a lot more time.

4.  You’ll get stressed out.


To participate in NaNoWriMo is completely up to you because you’re the one that knows your lifestyle and daily responsibilities the best. I have school, work, homework, blogging, and a little social life and I’m still considering doing it. So definitely don’t brush it off because you think you’ll too busy.

You know how much you can handle and like I said any progress is progress and it only takes one step to get the ball rolling.

Thanks for reading and tell me if you’re participating this year.

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Shaquanda Dalton

Hello, my name is Shaquanda Dalton and welcome to! I'm from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graudated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Creative Writing. I fell in love with writing at the age nine and love it till this day. :)


  1. Gary Swaby

    I think the inner editor in me is what makes it hard for me to be successfull with NaNoWriMo. I just can’t help but ensuring each chapter is as perfect as it can be after writing it. It slows down my progress because the energy I spend editing between chapters should be used to finish drafting the whole book.

    With that being said, those are very accurate pros and cons. I would say focus on getting your edits done as it’s not 100% necessary to participate in NaNoWriMo, but it’s just useful for giving you motivation.

    • Shaquanda Dalton

      Yea NaNoWriMo gives you great motivation to at least attempt to write a novel instead of pushing it to the back of your mind as a “will do someday” thing. 🙂