The thought of letting other people know that you are going to participate in NaNoWriMo might feel strange. Up until now, you might have kept your plotting, researching, and outlining to yourself. You’ve been in your own little bubble when it comes to NaNoWriMo and letting others in might be daunting. However, it can be deeply beneficial to let the people that are closest to you know the challenge that you are about to tackle.
When you tell someone about a goal, you are adding a new layer of accountability. As of right now, you may be doing NaNoWriMo for yourself. If you are the only one who knows about it, you will be the only one affected if you aren’t able to complete your 50,000 words. However, if you’ve told a handful of people that you are participating in NaNoWriMo, you add that accountability factor. These people will know your goal and know when you are supposed to be finished by, making the November 30 deadline seem more concrete. If you begin to slack off, they will be there to help you refocus and get back on track. You will also feel more motivated to complete your 50,000 words on time because you won’t want to disappoint those who are cheering you on.
Although you will be adding accountability to your goal, you will also be building yourself a support system. Some of the people you tell might not be writers and they may think that NaNoWriMo is an unattainable goal. Some of the people may have an interest in writing and find it fascinating. Regardless of how they personally feel about writing, they care about you and will be cheering you on until you hit 50,000 words. For those of you who do have that friend or family member who is interested in writing, you have someone who you can bounce ideas off of if you get stuck in the middle of the month. They can just simply listen to you ramble until you reach an idea, or they can help you brainstorm new ideas. Either way, the people in your support system will help keep you sane through November.
Finally, telling the people around you will help explain your sudden hermit-like habits once November comes. If your family knows that you’re writing 1,667 words every day, they might try their best to demand less of your time during the holidays (yes, you will have to write on Thanksgiving). Although this won’t get you out of household chores, your family will be more understanding if they see you sneaking off to your room every now and again. By giving your friends a heads-up about NaNoWriMo, they won’t put as much pressure on you to go out and do things. They won’t bother you as much over that unanswered text message or missed phone call if they know that you’re constantly typing away at the keyboard. Letting them know about NaNoWriMo will prepare them for your anti-social behavior and you can assure them that everything will be back to normal on December 1.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and have started telling people close to you about it, please share in the comments! If you are interested in signing up for NaNoWriMo, click here.
Until next week,