Unless you’ve been living under a stone this past week or so, you know National Novel Writing Month – also known as NaNoWriMo – started on the first on November. It’s a month were tens of thousands of writers across the world attempt to write fifty thousand words in a month. The concept is to get the words down on paper/or electronic device, and do it at the same time as others for motivation.
What NaNoWriMo also is, is an opportunity for writers across the world to blog about it as I am doing here. But what some are blogging about are not that they are doing it and squealing with nervous anticipation for their blog readers to cheer them on, no what some writers are taking to their blogs (or Twitter) to talk about is the merits, or lack thereof, of NaNo (shortened).
Can people really write a novel in a month? Do people really think they can write a novel in a month? These people are giving real writers like us a bad name, thinking that it’s so easy to write a novel when we slave so hard over our manuscripts. You can’t possibly put out decent words at that speed.
Then the other camp post their blogs about team motivation, it being a first draft, it gets bums in seats, it’s encouraging, it actually gets words on a page. Words that can be worked with at a later date and made into something worthy of publishing, because yes, some very good novels have been published after starting life as a NaNo push.
What irks me about all of this is why is any of it necessary at all? Writers write and they all do it in their own unique way as we have seen on the Friday feature First Drafts. I have been amazed at how one single item such as a first draft can be created in so many different ways.
The haters need to give it a rest. These are fellow writers just trying something out and something that may work for them or actually may just be fun. Seriously. Writing like that might be fun for them. Why criticise the process and enthusiasm? Leave them to do their thing and you do yours. No way is the right way to create. Stop with your insecurities and ignore it. You’re hurting people who are just like you. Do you really want to do that?
The defenders need to stop defending. Just get on with it. It’s as bad as responding to negative reviews. Do what feels good for you and enjoy it.
So, to all my fellow writers doing NaNo this year (which I’m not…) I wish you the very best of luck in your endeavours.
But – You don’t need my luck.
This post was brought to you as part of Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group because I wanted to offer support to all those doing NaNo this month. You can find a sign up list and list of participants Here.