I've done it a few times before and intend to do it again this year. In fact, my entire critique group will be writing like mad next month. It's fun, and it's challenging--especially if you have a full-time job besides writing. But it is well worth the time and effort to knock out the beginnings of a first draft.
That's all it is really. The beginnings of a first draft. Come December 1st you won't have something ready to send off to an editor or agent. You will have the foundation for something that can be fabulous--if you are willing to put in the continuing work to tighten, brighten, and tidy up. It's a great start, but there will be lots of work ahead of you. Are you up to the challenge?
50,000 words is a novella or small novel, or the beginnings of a full-length novel. But even 50 or 500 words are a start. Each day in November you challenge yourself to write at least 1,600 words. It sounds like a lot, I know. And if you work too, finding the time can be difficult. But keep in mind, it's a first draft and doesn't have to be perfectly pretty. As the saying goes; you can always edit bad writing writing, but you can't do anything with a blank page.
And there are rewards. The biggest one is the pride you have in completing what seems impossible when you start. Immediately you get a badge to post on your social media to announce your feat. Then comes the fun rewards. You will receive a link to dozens of perks discounted just for the winners. Half off downloads of Scrivener software, and subscriptions to writers magazines have been some of the rewards in the past. There are always great deals to help writers continue to grow in their craft and help them to publication.
NaNoWriMo, it's wild, not for the faint of heart, but well worth your time. Who's in? Will you join us this year? Want encouragement on your journey? Connect with me here or on my FB page. We'll help each other to the finish line and laugh along the way. Let's write that novel.