Love it or hate it National Novel Writing Month is likely here to stay.
While I’ve tried to participate every year, in between my usual writing (or lack thereof), I’ve had varying degrees of success. I would put it to you that the point is not whether you succeed in crafting a coherent 50,000 word novel, but that you are engaged in the act of writing. One criticism I hear is that the resulting novel is going to be “crap”.
Yes, some of them will be. Many of them will be. Guess what? Doesn’t matter. Some of those novels will be the beginning of something wonderful. As a writer you begin every project with the hope that it will be something wonderful and the knowledge that often it won’t be. Writers hunker down and write anyway.
Lots of people would like to be writers. Some quarters even hold that there are currently more writers than readers, though I can’t help but think there’s a healthy degree of overlap. Those of us who read need writers. Well… good writers. Actually participating in writing is the only way to hone the craft. I’m all for anything that gets people in the habit of putting words on paper. Finding the time to write a set number of words for thirty calendar days is an excellent means of developing the habit of writing. The habit of writing is the single thing that every successful writer shares. It may take different forms as an essentially personal act, but the point is they all make the time to write. You have to be present when inspiration comes (and even when it doesn’t).
I’m just saying t is a worthwhile exercise. In fact I credit one year with planting the kernel that has become a major part of my writing, my fantasy-noir projects.
So this year I’m giving it a go again with a project currently titled The Lady & The Fae.
Yeah, it’s a working title.
If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year I wish you the best of luck. Happy writing!