Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month right now? Are you keeping up with writing 1,000 words a day?
I hope so. I’m a big believer that NaNoWriMo can be an incredibly useful exercise for a writer, whether or not you’re currently freelancing. Even if you haven’t started yet, the exercise of writing 1,000 words a day can be worth trying.
I’m not about to suggest that writing a novel will necessarily make any a better writer — heck, even assuming a writer gets a complete novel out of NaNoWriMo, there’s no guarantee that it will be worth publishing. However, the simple act of forcing yourself to sit down at the computer and meet a goal is a skill that every freelance writer must have. Even if you don’t have a client project to work on, having that constant practice can make you a better freelancer.
- You’ll be able to write faster. While you may not be able to pound that 1,000 words in an hour, practice will improve the time it takes you to complete most written projects, especially those that focus more on copy or nonfiction.
- You’ll know that you can finish a 30,000 word manuscript in 30 days if you need to. That knowledge can give you confidence for bigger client projects, as well as for personal projects like other books or ebooks.
- You’ll build an excellent writing habit. Think about what you can accomplish, just by writing at least 1,000 words every day. Heck, if you get comfortable with that number and can up your word count, you can complete a very significant amount of writing.
It’s never to late to commit yourself to writing a novel (or another big project) in thirty days. Just because NaNoWriMo is already a week in doesn’t mean that you can’t start today.