As you may be aware, November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, which is one of the most unattractive words ever), the purpose of which is to get people to write an entire 50,000 word novel in a 30 day span of time. Insane? Absolutely. And that’s why I like the idea so much.
As someone who’s said “I’m going to write a novel” more times than I can possibly count with exactly zero written novels to show for it (though I do have four abandoned novels in varying stages of completion), I’ve long thought that NaNoWriMo might be just the thing to get me going. The notion of writing 50,000 words without the luxury of time to obsess over how perfect they sound is a daunting one to be sure. At least it is for me, because I am an obsessive sort when it comes to fictional prose. Even so, this year I have officially signed up on the NaNo website with every intention of seeing the whole crazy thing through to the end if it kills me and I never sleep again (until December).
So, question time:
1. Anybody else taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? Or have you done it in the past?
2. What do you think about approaching writing as an exercise in pure output instead of craftsmanship? Is this the best way to go?
Enlighten me. It’s Wednesday.