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.

2 Responses to NaNo or No?

  • Debbie Fisher says:

    HELLO NEIGHBOR ALLAN.
    ITS ME YOUR NEIGHBOR IN OUR BUILDING. I READ WHAT WORDS U PUT IN HERE.
    I AGREE IT SEEMS U HAVE TO B STEPHEN KING TO GET PAID FOR A GRID HORROR STORY.
    YET I TO AM TRY N TO WRITE MY STORIES TO HELP SUPPORT MYSELF IN A MANNER THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO HAVE A GOOD CAR TO GO VISIT MY MANY GRAND KIDS, BUY THE FOOD FOR MY FOOD TYPE OF FOOD ALERGIES & BUY ME OWN LITTLE FARM IN A SAFE AMERICAN COUNTRY IF POSSIBLE.
    ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO VISIT MY GROWN DAUGHTERS MORE SHOW N THEM MY LOVE FOR THEM & THEIR AMAZING KIDS.

    I KNOW WE ALL DO NOT LIVE FOREVER, BEAUTY FADES YET CHANGE N THE WAYS MOST PEOPLE THINK BEAUTY IS WE CAN SEE BEAUTY IN THE VERY THINGS & IN PEOPLE SOME UPPER CRUST FOLKS THINKS IS FAT OR UGLY OR OLD….WE CAN SEE THE BEAUTY IN A LIFE FULLY LIVED THAT LEAVES THE WRINKLES OF TIME UPON OUR VERY FACES & IN OUR ENTIRE BODIES.
    LIFE DOES GO ON THRU THE GIFT OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
    I TOO AM A CHRISTIAN YET I NEED TO GET CLOSER TO THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE GIFT JESUS GAVE TO US ALL.

    I DO NOT DO THIS TO FIND MORE FAVOR IN GODS KINGDOM BUT BECAUSE IT IS A GOOD & PURE THING TO DO.

    LIFE HAS ENRICHED ME WITH VERY FEW PEOPLE I TRUST BUT IT VERY GLAD I GOT TO KNOW U BETTER AS MY NEIGHBOR & AS A WRITER ALSO.

    THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME KNOW ABOUT YOUR BOOKS ALLAN.

    HOPEFULLY ONE DAY SOON ILL BE A WRITER TOO & ABLE TO SUPPORT MYSELF BETTER.

    SINCERELY, DEB A. FISHER

    • arbraun says:

      It’s Alan. Thanks so much for your comment! You would probably be able to make a living at writing. The reason I can’t make it is that I write original horror, which one can’t make a living at nowadays because most people only want way-past-overdone vampombies, books by celebrities (like Snookie–Gawd) and remaking every movie ever made instead of publishing a good, original novel and making a movie out of THAT. God bless.

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