Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo Thoughts

I have noticed that most of the serious writers I follow have a problem with NaNoWriMo. It is strange to see that they are seriously condemning participation. I'm pretty sure its the stigma of a lot of wanna-be writers slapping together a 50,000+ word manuscript and sending it out to agents. I'm not sure what is so threatening about that, considering they will all get form rejections anyway.

For me, it is about forcing myself to settle down and write a first draft. 1667 words a day is not a lofty number. Many authors, such as Stephen King, try to write around 2,000 words per day. If you can push that a little bit, and end up with a decent first draft of around 70,000 in a month, then what could possibly be wrong with the program?

My experience with writing Human Echoes has taught me more about writing than any class or seminar. I'm still learning from it as I edit and revise it. It was my first novel, and what made me love writing again. If it wasn't for NaNoWriMo, I probably wouldn't have this blog, and I probably would have never developed some of the better writing habits that I have. I for sure wouldn't have a 400 page manuscript sitting on my desk.

Anyway, time to get back to Augmented Genesis. I am nearly on pace for the day, and am hoping to bank some words for the inevitable bad day. I did 2,300 words in a few short hours yesterday, and it was the best single session I have had in a few months. Good luck people, and if you are participating, let me know so I can follow you and your progress.

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