The benefits of being a good writer – National Novel Writing Month

Every November writers new and experienced prepare to knuckle down for the month to participate in something known as NaNoWriMo. Or National Novel Writing Month. It’s a yearly challenge with the goal of writing 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. It’s resulted in many popular works like Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So, it can be a big motivator for some inspiring novelists.

It can take several attempts to complete the challenge. And not completing it often doesn’t have to be seen as a complete fail. It also helps writers with discipline and to put themselves into an environment where they have motivation to complete work.

We’ve put together reasons why being able to write well is important, especially as you begin your university years and have to clearly explain your reasonings in presentations/essays. A lot of being a good writer comes from reading. And expanding your vocabulary.


Being able to communicate clearly

Expressing your thoughts and opinions fluently and in a well thought out way is important.  This will help you to improve your communication skills which will make it easier to make friends and build connections.

Your explanations in your writing don’t need to be too long, but precise and to the point. You can find more helpful tips here.


A great stress buster

If you’re having a bad day and don’t know how to vent your frustrations, a good way to manage how you feel is by writing it down. Let the pen/notepad be your punch bag. Writing down your feelings can help you work out why you’re so stressed. Having that physical paper trail for an issue you have makes it easier for you to work through.


Making sense of your own thoughts

Whether it’s making decisions or experiencing new feelings, a good way to make sense of what your feeling is to have it written down. When we experience sudden emotions it’s helpful to write down the process of that moment and how you overcame it.


Become a better storyteller

Practice makes perfect. Crafting an interesting story takes work and all good writers practice their craft. Whether you have 10 minutes a day or two hours – what matters is that you put something down that you can come back to edit or add to later.


Allows you to have control and create your own reality

Above all writing should be fun. It’s the gift of freedom to express yourself. There are endless possibilities for what you can create. You share what ever part of it that you are comfortable with.

 

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo? If you are share your progress with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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