Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Concerning NaNoWriMo

So I've been reading a lot of posts about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month for those of you that squinted at the strange jumble of letters haphazardly capitalized. Opinions concerning NaNo are never tepid; they are either burning hot or freezing cold. In short--people either Love or Hate NaNo.
I was actually getting geared up, and then the negative posts outnumbered the positive ones. 

Things I've heard about NaNoWriMo+

  • Write a novel in a month
  • Wonderful community
  • Caffeine
  • Literary abandon
  • 50,000 freaking words

Things I've heard about NaNoWriMo-

  • Encourages people to write crap(quantity over quality)
  • Nothing of substance to work with
  • And just about everything else dissing it

With all the bad rap, it is hard to be as excited as I previously was. As writers we know this: like it or not, words do influence people. Maybe they always shouldn't, but they do. A lot of the posts I've been reading put a really bad spin on things. They make it seem like no legitimate novelist would be caught dead participating in NaNoWriMo. It's not like I actually think I will win or anything, but all the nay-sayers are kind of a downer. 

I will be doing NaNoWriMo this year. At the beginning of things it was just about completing the goal, but you know what. I'm going to try to prove the nay-sayers wrong and write an amazing kick-ass first 50,000 words of my novel by December 1st. This novel has been forming itself in my head for about three years, all that's left to do is let it down on paper and word document. And with that, I wish you all a happy National Novel Writing Month whether you are excited about it or wish the participants ill will.

Write on...


  1. I agree 100% I've only done it once and apart from a bit of editing I have, what I think, is a great novel. I think you only write rubbish if you want to write rubbish. I'm doing it again this year too. So from one nano-ist to another, good luck and happy writing :D

  2. Yes, it's all about setting a big goal and attaining something. Don't listen to the naysayers.

  3. I agree also. I'm also nanoing this year and gonna prove them all wrong! Whoo! Good luck!