I Ain’t Doin’ NaNoWriMo: An Aside

writing on type-writerWriterly Rant #10
In Honour of NaNoWriMo –
I came across this great aside by Charlotte Cuevas shortly after NaNoWriMo started and asked for her permission to reblog it. Now that NaNoWriMo is at a close and many writers do or don’t have their word-count in hand, I thought it would be relevant to revisit these thoughts as we move forward.

The 365 Poetry Project

Today begins a month-long project that most of my writer friends are obsessing about, and that most of my non-writer friends are completely unaware of: National Novel Writing Month, lovingly shortened to NaNoWriMo. The challenge is to write a novel of 50,000 words or more in 30 days. (I know you’re doing the math so I’ll spare you the trouble: that’s about 1700 words per day just to make the minimum word count… yikes.)

The whole project is supposed to be this uplifting, self-challenging exercise that not only tests your capabilities and willpower, but motivates you to create something you wouldn’t otherwise have had the gumption to complete. Plus, since there’s a whole bunch of other people doing it at the same time, you’ve got this expansive community of writers to hold hands and sing Kumbayah with (or beat your heads on your desks in unison, whatever the case may…

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