I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the last few years, though last year is the first I succeeded in hitting the 50k target. I have to agree with everything Catherine says here. NaNo is a bit of fun, it’s a great deadline to force yourself to just sit down and write, and its a great excuse to FIND the time to write. I love Nano and look forward to it every year!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts on November 1st.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you pull out all the stops to write 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days, or around 1,670 words every day during the month of November.
Every year around this time, something else starts too: NaNoWriMo Snobbery. Professional writers, who the other eleven months of the year seem like the nicest, most generous and friendliest people, suddenly start tipping their noses in the air and saying or even writing things about how NaNoWriMo and the people who partake in it are belittling their profession, ridiculing their craft and making a mockery of the 1,670 words they write every single day of the year in order to make a living.
Now, usually I just grit my teeth and try to ignore it, but this year I’m finding it impossible—and…
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