NaNoWriMo: in November every year hundreds of thousands of writers get together for what is essentially a month long flash mob of words on page. Every October writing blogs start posting about it. Some blogs are supportive, but other range from dismissive to outright hatred. I don’t get it.
Why NaNoWriMo works
For me, there’s two main reasons that NaNoWriMo works for writing;
- it’s a community and we have fun writing
- it’s like golf – you are really only playing against your own demons
I think that’s why I don’t understand the haters – not that I understand haters of any kind. If I’m not forcing you to participate, why are you trying to diminish my fun?
Why there is some credibility to the haters
So, here’s the thing. For some NaNoWriMo participants, it’s about the joy of getting words on the page and nothing else. They don’t intend for their NaNo novel to see the light of day – and what happens between me and my keyboard is no one’s business. For others, it’s a great way to get that first draft out so they can perfect it.
For a small percentage of NaNoers, it’s an opportunity to publish, and they think their November baby is perfect. Sorry to break your dream if you are one of the last group. All books need work before publishing. Put the story away for a month and then go back and reread it, making notes for improvements. Or go ahead and publish it right away if that’s what floats your boat.
Stop the hating, start the writing
For those writers who don’t participate in NaNoWriMo, enjoy your month and write the way that works for you. For those who do participate, have fun with NaNo, because if it’s not fun, why do it?
If you are going to participate in the month of crazy writing, and you don’t know how to get started, I’m running a special on my writing course. Half price ($18) in celebration of National Novel Writing Month. Click on the image to find your writing style and get tips on how to make it through 50,000 words.