NaNo or No?
There seem to be mixed opinions concerning whether going to nanowrimo.org and taking part in the 50,000 words in a month challenge is helpful in writing a good novel. I think both sides have their points, and I’m going to touch on them now.
When I first started with NaNo, I expected a lot more encouragement than I got, which was nil; I was on my own. Then to listen to the constant calls for donations and how every day’s a NaNo day got old quick. The one virtue I’ve found is that, if you’ve written a lot of novels like I have–the fact that you can only purchase three doesn’t mean I don’t have a dozen more rough drafts awaiting editing–you get to the point where it’s hard to make a novel long enough. You end up with all these novellas. And while that’s not a bad thing, too many novellas and not enough novels can be a problem, as the writing guidebooks say to write books if you ever want to make money at this game, not short-story books and not novellas. The challenge of hitting 50,000 words and getting a badge–you can always write more in December and hit the 80,000-word mark agents expect–and the nagging condemnation of failure if you don’t, does motivate me to write something book-length.
Not that I’m into it for the money–I hope to live comfortably, not get rich–but a writer should be compensated for his hard work.
I tried adding friends at NaNo on their Website, tried going to meetings in person in Peoria, Illinois, then endeavored to get some author fellowship with the local NaNoers in another site online, and every attempt failed, which may be because I’m that redheaded stepchild who writes horror. So I try to write everyday. Apparently, if you’re not Stephen King and Joe Hill, that’s impossible, but the days I do tap in–most days, actually–I make time to go on Nanowrimo.org and update my word count. It does make me feel like I’ve accomplished something.
But your story may be different. If so, why don’t you leave a comment. Or, if as many people are reading this as I think (zero), then don’t.