NaNoWriMo Week 1: Writing Like a P.R.O.

(Our guest blogger today is wrimo My.Zombie.And.Me, otherwise known as Kassie. Thanks to Kassie for writing today’s post! — ML )


If you’re reading this page, it’s very possible that you’ve made the first step into taking part in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. Or you’re procrastinating on doing so. Or you’re a time traveller. These are all excellent options.

However, in the event that you’re gearing up to write away the gloomy month of November, I have some fun advice for you!

My name is Kassie, and I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for several years now. Basically, ever since Brantford has been an official region. Between ever changing story ideas, start overs and non-starters, I have found this event to be one of the most uplifting, inspiring and insane things that a writer can do.

It’s intimidating at first, and if you’re feeling that heavy lump of self doubt, that’s okay. Even seasoned veterans get that way. The awesome thing is that you’ll be joined by lots of people who have experienced the same, and we’ll all get through it together.

The best thing I can suggest for a successful NaNoWriMo is simply to keep this acronym in mind: P.R.O. What does it stand for? “Practice Relentless Optimism.” Yes, NaNo can be stressful, and at times, frustrating, but you need to give yourself permission to be creative. Have fun. Make mistakes. Treat yourself to the same level of generosity that you give to anybody else on this crazy adventure with you.

The long and short of it is that there’s no ‘one weird trick’ to winning NaNoWriMo. Just by attempting this challenge, you’re already a winner of sorts.

So kick back, gather your writing implements of choice, a snack, and your IV drip filled with coffee. This is going to be great.

Give ‘em word filled Hell, kid!

make things happen

2 Responses to “NaNoWriMo Week 1: Writing Like a P.R.O.”

  1. Faith Says:

    I love this line: “Treat yourself to the same level of generosity that you give to anybody else on this crazy adventure with you.”

    Wow. Umm…yeah. I tend to forget that, a lot. Sigh. Thank you for the reminder…I might actually write this on a sticky note and put it on the side of my lappy screen. So much truth!

  2. Kassie Says:

    You should! It’s something I always forget to do, Faith, and I figured if I could stand to be reminded, so could our readers and visitors! :D

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