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
- 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.