Believe It or Not, NaNoWriMo Isn’t All About Word Count

Another year, another NaNoWriMo, and me urging people to do at least a little prep before they start writing on November 1st. For the numbers? A little, but more for learning to be a writer. In the end, what’s vital is not quitting.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

This will be my fourth NaNo. I passed 50K each time, but more important to me is that I wrote for 30 days. My approach changes a little from year to year, but some level of planning is the constant, as is allowing for inspiration. It’s a balance. Whether you choose to weight the scale a little more one way or the other, both elements are necessary.

Inspiration is the spark that starts the engine. Planning is the fuel to carry you over distance.

Unfortunately, until someone is in the situation it’s difficult to visualize why planning is so important. One reason people ignore planning is because they’re told to plan and aren’t shown the alternative.

Let’s look at that a little more…

To read the remainder of this post and see a fun example of NaNo gone wrong please join me on the website HERE.


About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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