Why You Should Write a Book in June
JuNoWriMo is our spin off of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that takes place in June, challenging you to write 50,000 words in thirty days. In the past two years, JuNoWriMo has inspired hundreds of writers to get their books written, including myself. June is the perfect month to stop procrastinating and get that book written.
Why should you write a book in June? Here’s one reason.
M is for Momentum
Have you ever tried to push a car that wasn’t running? It’s not the easiest thing to do. You might need a buddy or two to help. Have you ever noticed that the first push is the hardest? Getting those wheels turning often takes a huge, precisely-timed shove from your crew. It may take several tries. But once you have the car rolling, pushing the heavy vehicle isn’t that tough. Once you’ve gained momentum, moving forward is easy.
Like that stalled car, a novel can take a good shove to get going. The most difficult part is when you stop working on it for a while. I’ve noticed in my own life that an incomplete project I haven’t touched in several days (or weeks) is one of the hardest things to pick back up. Daily writing is one of the keys to producing momentum as a writer.
During JuNoWriMo I write more frequently than normal, and I’m not just talking once a day. I’ve realized something about myself: if I go more than twenty-four hours without adding words to my novel, I start to dread seeing it again. I have that inward groan at the very thought of my plot. I’m annoyed with my characters. I remember all the things I hate about my story and forget all the things I love about it. Procrastinationitis sets in.
But if I can keep my focus on my story by writing at least twice each day, I keep my momentum. The story keeps rolling around in the back of my mind throughout the day, and it’s much easier to jump back in.
Writing twice a day – or even once a day – can be a difficult habit to form. But if you can manage that, you’ll discover your own writing momentum. And JuNoWriMo is the perfect opportunity to begin.
It’s Your Turn
JuNoWriMo 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever, so don’t miss this opportunity to write that book. I dare you to write 50,000 words in June. If you accept my challenge, know that you won’t be in it alone. You’ll be writing alongside hundreds of other authors who are going for the exact same thing, and that’s the best way to write. It’s gonna be stinkin’ awesome.
So, are you in?
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