We only have 21 days until November. For some this means Holidays and Christmas shopping. For others it signals the beginning of a massive creative endeavor, National Novel Writing Month.
Every year thousands of people attempt to write 50,000 words in just 30 days during one of the busiest months of the year. If you have never attempted NaNoWriMo, I highly encourage it. It is a lot of fun, which is the whole reason I do it. For fun. Not to produce a critically acclaimed book that will win hundreds of awards.
There are writers out there who frown and boo National Novel Writing Month simply because when novices take up a pen and produce a large quantity of words, they often think it is the most wonderful thing ever written and must be shared with the world. 50,000 words in 30 days is quite the accomplishment. It should be celebrated. But no one really wants to see your baby covered in the after birth…and honestly there are some books written during NaNo that should never be allowed out in the daylight. (I have written a couple of those myself. In fact often my NaNo ideas are completely silly things that I wouldn’t normally attempt.)
So while I greatly encourage all to come NaNo with me during the month of November, I ask that you let the word count high settle during December and then re-read what you have written before sharing it with the world. Sometimes NaNoWriMo produces gems that are usable sometimes it doesn’t. But always remember that first drafts are diamonds in the rough. They need to be cleaned, cut, and polished before they truly can shine. And for the love of ink slingers everywhere, please please let someone else read your book before sharing it with the rest of the world. It will save you and the world a lot of heart ache. Trust me on this one. (As mildly dyslexic and a natural bad speller I am speaking from experience.) I will probably be posting more on the Pros and Cons of NaNoWriMo as the month passes. Though if anyone wants to register early (its free btw) don’t forget to add me as a writing buddy. I am thecoffeefox.