Fuck You NaNoWriMo

Not really.  But I thought I’d catch your attention and that would be the fastest way to do it. The thing about National Novel Writing Month is twofold for me.

On the one hand if you’re a real writer, you’re already cranking out the novel that will sell.  If you’re not, then you’re jogging your muse until you realize you’re a real writer who may or may not be getting paid.

Then there’s my friend Tambra Kendall, a romance writer you’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming months as she submits and is accepted to Sizzler Editions.  She’s doing NaNoWriMo to jog her muse after a bout with health issues and a stupid divorce (I told you to get an insurance policy and take him fishing!)

And another friend of mine who is finally putting pen to paper because it’s about damn time they didd and yo’ll all be happy to read what they wrote.  And I could go on in this vein actually.

NaNoWriMo has a place amongst writers. For some of us it’s a break from our hardcore routine that forces us to see what we’re made of. Can we do like Candace Havens suggests in her Fast Draft Workshop and crank out 50k in a month?  Can we then go back and revise in another month?  How close do we get?  Anticipation builds.

The fun in it for other writers is just that, fun.  I’ll be honest. I’ll never understand it.  But other writers do and they get something out of it.  So while I’ll complain about it being November and NaNoWriMo and how the “real” writers are busy working, the rest of you doing NaNo, should push hard and be proud.

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  1. This is the exact reason that I did not participate in it. I’ve been working on my novel, Cinderella Thyme, for a year now and I need to finish it by the end of the year. I wasn’t going to take a time-out to write a random 50,000 word novel in a month.

    But for people with time-management issues it was probably a great experience. Writing is a bit of a lonely endeavor and Nano makes it more of a community experience, which is nice.

  2. I feel for you.

    I do NaNo, but I don’t do it for fun. The first (and second) time I did it because I wanted to know if I could. The third time I did it because I was getting good responses to the results of the first time. The fourth was more of the same, waiting out the twenty-four months from submission to rejection on NaNo number two. NaNo Five was something entirely different, done because I was trying to get myself writing after a long period of unemployment, which I spent job hunting too much to write.

    This past summer? Finally published. One Novel, two novellas, and a short, all written over the past year, all sold this summer. NaNo this year was actually for my students (I teach at a High School). I was writing along side them to show them it could be done. The material was a sequel my publisher wanted. Came out ok, I think, in part thanks to someone with the initials S.I. who will likely read this.

    So… Y’know, I think I’m one of those folks Mia mentioned with time management problems. Yeah, finishing is fun, but it’s a lot of work in Very Little Time.

    • I definitely couldn’t do it on account of all I do now but had I only the need to write, I’d be set. 50k is NOT hard, that’s only 2000 words a day, really. That’s 8 pages. And it IS a first draft.

  3. Hi Sasha and all,

    Writing is a lonely occupation and NaNo offers the chance to really engage with other writers from all parts of the world. And well…its crazy fun. At least for me.

    Yes, we should be cranking out our 8 pages a day. But then again (for now anyway) my muse is picky and won’t be dictated to. So, I’m slowly adding more pages to my word count.
    I have other projects on the burner which I’ll be blogging about after the first of the year.

    As for NaNo, I love it and will probably do it again next year. Unless I’m too busy, otherwise I’ll be right beside all you other NaNoWriMos. I believe NaNo has its place and serves as a great venue for writers at all levels. I especially like the fact they include kids.

    Hugs to all,
    Tambra


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