With just a week until NaNoWriMo begins, there are a few things I’d like to say! Firstly, good luck to everyone who intends to participate! Starting at all is awesome and I commend you for it! To everyone who is afraid to participate, that’s alright as well! I’ve never done it, and I likely never will. I know my own writing ability enough that I could never complete a novel in such a short time. Even if you’re aiming for writing 40,000 words (the bare minimum to be considered a novel), one would need to write 1,333 words a day. To some, that’s easy! But I myself am a very meticulous, sluggishly paced writer. Breaking 1000 words a day is a miracle to me, so doing so every day would be impossible with my current skill level. But I’m okay with that.
Participating in NaNoWriMo doesn’t make you any more or any less of a writer. Not finishing your work in the given timeline doesn’t make you less of a writer. Hating your work during this time and thinking that you should scrap or rework your ideas doesn’t make you less of a writer. What makes you a writer is your passion for the craft and that you love to tell stories and create worlds.
Now, onto the second part of this post. I imagine that due to this, my inbox may be flooded with a variety of questions asking for my help. Know in advance that I likely cannot and will not address all of these. In addition to just starting work, I personally use November as a month to simply try to write as much as I can, and if I have roughly five to ten asks a day, that could take up a significant number of hours from my week. If I don’t get to your ask, it could be because my inbox is flooded, but it could also be that simply I don’t intent to answer it for a variety of reasons. If you don’t send it anonymously, I’ll do my best to inform you that I won’t be answering so as to not leave you wondering.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Best of luck to all of you out there on your writing!