Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery
dr_pretentious

Your Thoughts On NaNoWriMo?

I'm working on another chunky essay on teaching and fantasy literature for the Black Gate blog. This one's about the hazards and blessings of National Novel Writing Month, an international phenomenon in which hundreds of thousands of people try to write rough drafts of novels in a frenzy of indiscriminate production, start to finish, during the thirty days of November.

Some sizable number of this blog's readers have tried NaNoWriMo at least once. Some of you are even here because we met, virtually or in person, through sharing the NaNoWriMo ordeal. It's an exhilarating and somewhat insane thing to try. I have powerfully mixed feelings about it, and about whether I'd have a third go at it after my kids are older. (Yes, some people try to write 50,000 words in 30 days while raising young children. I can't imagine trying that. I think for most humans it just wouldn't be a kid-compatible process.)

Anyhow, if you're willing to risk being quoted in my blog post, please feel free to comment here or in email about your NaNoWriMo experiences, or lack thereof if you've considered it but never taken the plunge. Come to think of it, some of you have been innocent bystanders watching the spectacle of other people's NaNoWriMo chaos, and you may have things to say, too.
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