NaNoWriMo does things like that to a person.
There is no other time in my writing life where I say, “I just NEED ten more words to reach two thousand…then I can go back to bed.” Usually I just go back to bed. Now I am even counting the chapter headings in my tally. The CHAPTER HEADINGS! It is embarrassing.
Whenever I have read criticism about NaNoWriMo the person with the gripe always brings up the emphasis on word count. The competition is thirty days of banging on the keyboard to pass a magic number of words that may or may not be a good story. The critiques then goes on to say that 50,000 words do not even equal a novel (unless we are talking about middle grade works).
For me, NaNoWriMo is like a big vehicle a lot of people climb aboard….maybe a bus with an infinite number of seats. Some people get off at different stops because their destination came early while others get carsick and puck their guts out in the last row. What it all boils down to is we all get ON THE BUS so we all get to sing about how the wheels on the bus go round and round together. At the end of the ride, we have a shared experience. We are all
bus riders writers.
So I think these NaNo Nay-Sayers are missing the point. NaNoWriMo is not really about writing 50,000 words (it just feels like it is) or even writing the next great novel. It is about showing yourself that you can accomplish something with the added benefit of having thousands of other people doing the same thing at the same time.
This something just might be a dream you always had or a need that scratches at your gut. For a person who would not normally take the chance, attempting to write 50,000 words in a month is HUGE. It can act as a jump start to see if writing is something you could do the other eleven months of the year.
Plus, I hope we all know what we are writing is not going to be good. Not in its present form. There is no way it could be. Half the things I put down are segues to get me where I need to go in the plot. They are NOT FOR USER CONSUMPTION. What we are striving to make are first drafts. If we are serious and the story merits it, what each of us creates during November is going to be the first in a long, long line of drafts.
Now that I have sorted out that word count is really not that important, I am going to hop out of here. I have a few more words I have to put down and contractions to separate before I get to go to sleep. HA!
See ya tomorrow,
Leanne Ross aka Read Faced (daily word count: 2,840 / overall word count: 32,258)