National Novel Writing Month starts one month from today! So excited!
I know some writers view it as overrated; others say it’s a bunch of “amateurs” that do it. Some it may be true, but aren’t we all amateurs at some point? 🙂
I like it simply for what I call writer’s fellowship. I love knowing there are thousands of others embarking on the same path I am. I like seeing how we’re all going through the various stages of enjoyment and depression when it comes to our WiPs. And I love that there’s a tangible deadline–something about there being one set by someone else makes it easier for me to stick to it. Self-imposed deadlines are incredibly difficult for me to follow.
Of course there are some who say that we aren’t true writers if we can’t do what we’re doing in NaNo the rest of the year. But I’ve realized that some of them who say this tend to be the kind of writer that is a little on the snooty side anyway 😛 Some of what they say has a kernal of truth to it–as writers we need to be writing all year, not just during NaNo. Sometimes though, the best plans go awry. I know I try to write throughout the year, but not nearly as much as I do during November. I know it’s something I need to work on but I don’t think myself any less of a writer if I can’t do that other eleven months of the year.
And then there are of course those writers who think that they can start querying immediately after November. This is an error on their part, but you’re always going to have writers who think this, no matter what time of the year (although I’ve heard there is a bit of a surge in the months immediately after…)
Even if there are a good number who never get published or plan on getting published, there’s also a good number who do end up seeing their stories on bookshelves(Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, was a NaNo participant and I’m almost certain Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix, was as well).
Anyway, I’m mostly ready for it to begin. I have my “loose” outline planned out and just a bit of research to do. Perhaps I may write a chapter or two before then (unsure of this just yet–we’ll see how it goes).
Are you taking part in NaNo? Or are you embarking on your own novel adventure? How do you set goals for yourself?
(P.S. The NaNo site may or may not be online when you click on the link. They’re doing their site relaunch and it may be buggy for the next few days).