I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month so long they needed a second row for a
ll the icons. Next year I hit double digits. And what have I gotten out of it? Have I published any novels? Am I famous? Or am I just wasting my time?
Well, neither. No, I haven’t published a novel, but that’s not because I haven’t been writing, or because NaNoWriMo is useless to me. But I have written a lot, and have sharpened my skills, and kept my hand in as I go through a lot of life stuff.
And I’ve written and self-published a couple of tech books, something I never thought I’d do. I’ve loved that experience as well.
I’ve found the confidence to keep writing even when it feels like it might just be pointless, even when the book I’m working on feels like a train wreck. And I’ve found a large community of helpful people and resources that help me see the value in pressing forward in my noveling even if it never will make me rich and/or famous.
I honestly believe that creativity is its own reward. I’m greateful to NaNoWriMo for encouraging that belief.