Last year I spent a lot of time on the NaNoWriMo website trying to find a writing group. A group of other writers would help keep me accountable and motivated, and hopefully, I could help someone with the same. It was a process of searching forums and answering posts with the promise of writing groups with writers in my age group, my faith, and other demographics. I even joined two local groups hoping to meet with other writers and fall in love with the writing process all over again. A grand total of NONE of that happened.
Instead, what I found was a website wholly devoted to appeasing the woke ideologies that, unfortunately, most creatives think are more important than actually writing.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the concept of NaNoWriMo is brilliant. In case you don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge that NaNoWriMo claims to help facilitate is for participants to write fifty thousand words during November.
I had one main goal in joining NaNoWriMo, and that was to build a habit of writing consistently. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not blame NaNoWriMo for my lack of consistent word counts. My beef with them is that they are not what they claim to be, and that is inclusive.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying NaNoWriMo. I just don’t want anyone to put all their eggs in their basket. My plan is still to attempt to write fifty thousand words in November, but by the grace of God, I have finally found a good writing group that will do a better job of helping me with that goal.