Excellent article in Time about NaNoWriMo and what it is or is not. Critics of the event say it produces nothing but drivel and crap, but proponents of it say it gets those all important first words down so you can get past the first draft and revise, perfect, expand. I am in the latter camp. I LOVE NANO, as any of my readers can attest. What people make of their NaNo novel is what determines if it will go on to be readable, publishable or something to hide in a box in the back of the closet. 🙂
Now that the U.S. Presidential election is out of the way, it’s time to turn our collection attentions to the true purpose of November. No, not Thanksgiving. For hundreds of thousands of people around the world, November means National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo for short — and writing 50,000 words of their latest magnum opus by the beginning of December.
For those who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, the thinking behind it is actually fairly simple: Participants are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel from scratch between 12:00am November 1 and 11:59pm November 30. Sounds simple, right? Well, aside from that “writing a novel” part, of course. It’s not a contest — the only things you “win” upon completion are a sense of satisfaction at having met the goal and a certificate from The Office of Letters and Light, the organization behind the month-long event. No one sits down…
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