It’s a more than halfway through the month of November, and the NaNoWriMo weak have fallen by the wayside. If you are one of the dedicated few who have stuck it out this far, I salute you.
I don’t think I could or ever will write a NaNoWriMo novel. I’m more of what Vonnegut called a basher. NaNoWriMo is more for swoopers, at least in my opinion. I usually write from beginning to end, making edits as I go. While that doesn’t produce astounding daily word counts, it does make editing a whole lot easier when you’ve already ironed out all the nastier plot holes. This contest is more about quantity than quality, (no offense meant) and I am lazy, so there’s that working against me.
I think every one should write a novel at least once. It gives you an understanding for the craft, and garners respect for the authors who do it really well (and don’t use unnecessary adverbs like I do). Likewise you should write and perform a song, paint a picture, and write and direct a short film. An understanding of the process is the first stepping stone to a greater appreciation of creative works, and that would probably do more to curb piracy than any encryption scheme ever would.
While few if any of this months novels will be published, let alone read by another human being, it is still a valuable exercise in self-esteem and discipline. Writing a novel is the intellectual equivalent of running a marathon. Like a long-distance run you have make a commitment and prepare, by understanding literary forms and structures and cramming your head full of knowledge. Those can only be a good things.
Also, why are you reading my blog? You should be writing right now.
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- NaNoWriMo Day # 17: Breaking the Routine, Just For One Day (write-2-be.com)
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