national novel writing month
So here it is, November. For some that means it’s National Novel Writing Month.
Once again this year, I will not be participating. I just don’t buy into it. It feels like “stunt writing.” An arbitrary word count goal in an arbitrary number of days. How does vomiting words onto a page equate with serious writing? If you don’t normally write 1700 words in a day, and if you don’t normally write 1700 words a day for thirty consecutive days, what do you hope to accomplish by suddenly trying to do so? And what will you have even if you could sustain the effort? I certainly am not going to head out one morning and try to run 26.2 miles if my long runs are only 6.2 miles.
And, yes, I know some people claim that this gives them motivation, but I’ve never needed motivation to write. (I need time to write. I have all of the motivation I can handle.) And I suspect that if folks need to be motivated to write, then they aren’t serious writers. Thus NaNoWriMo seems to me to be a sport for amateurs.
Well, if it works for you, good. We all must proceed in our own best way.Rants and ruminations comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.