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To NaNoWriMo or Not to NaNoWriMo, That is the Question

As I’ve mentioned, I’m on Twitter.  (You can find me there @waywardwriter if you care to.)  And whilst Twittering I notice lots of writers are participating in NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month.  While the concept is mind-boggling (write an entire novel, all 50,000 words, in only a month), the whole thing has me intrigued.  On Twitter, many post their word count progress for other fellow NaNo participants or just nosy, non-participatory authors not unlike myself.

The goal of NaNo is to write, unabashed and uninhibited, from November 1st to November 30th.  This is one occasion where I’d venture to say quantity outweighs quality.  And I don’t know that I could do it.  I fret over the subtle nuances of words far too much to write so off-the-cuff.  I lay awake at night trying to think of ways to tweek this or that sentence, or change the order of things around to suit me too much to go for sheer volume in that short of time.

I wonder, is the next great novelist out there in NaNo land somewhere?  One could suppose that once a NaNo Novel is polished and edited until it’s pristine it could be ready for publication.  Does the fact that the author is under such a tight deadline and not so intent on the specifics of the craft lead to a more creative writing process?  Maybe next year I’ll join them.

Any NaNo writers out there?  Do you find the creative juice flows easier when you write by the seat of your pants?  Do you hope to publish your work or is it just to sharpen your writing skills or only for fun?


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