I’m writing this blog post instead of writing my novel. Story of my life, amirite?
Anyway, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo right now. If you’re not familiar, NaNoWriMo is a month in November where you write a novel (of 50,000 words) in a month. Camp NaNoWriMo happens in April and (I believe) July. It’s a bit more relaxed, because you can pick your writing goal. You could set it at the classic 50,000 or 20,000 or 150,000. Whatever.
I have kind of mixed feelings on NaNo. I feel like it tends to produce some really bad quality work. I just don’t believe that you can fully write a good book in a month. That isn’t how writing works. It focuses more on words and speed than quality.
BUT, no first draft of a novel is good. Or, it might be “good”, but I can tell you right now, it’s not Good Enough. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and To Kill a Mockingbird (my favorite book) wasn’t written in a month. All novels have to go through editing and rewriting processes. Books have many, many drafts before they come out in stores. Even then, they’re edited in later editions.
The thing about NaNoWriMo is, even though a lot (most?) of the work isn’t great quality, at least it’s being written. It’s getting people writing, and thinking about writing, and talking about writing. And some of those first drafts will become second drafts, which will become third drafts, and eventually, a couple will make it onto shelves.
I tend to stall out on writing. I skip one day, which turns into two, which turns into a month without putting down a single new word. It’s why I’ve got so many partial shells of drafts in my google drive. With NaNoWriMo, at least I’m getting words down. Those words can be fixed later, but it’s a start. It’s more than I’ve ever written before. The deadline and pressure of it really helps me, because I work really well under that type of pressure.
idk bruh. i like it.