Every November, writers across the globe participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. My boss says, “Yeah, but are the fifty thousand words any good?” implying that writing fifty thousand words in a month means somehow the quality is bad. But people all over, myself included, write it anyway.
1. Most people never finish a novel, even though they say “I’d like to write a novel.” I don’t want to be one of those people.
2. Writing fast gets you onto the page, past the Critic.
3. Writing more is preferable to writing less.
4. Writing 1,667 words a day is good practice for life. It teaches that slow and steady wins the race, and that we can create without drama.
5. Writers aren’t all drunk, disorderly, and undisciplined. Some of us, many of us, are much like marathon runners.
6. People thought the first woman to finish a marathon was nuts too. And the woman who finished last in the 1984 Olympics, staggering across the line, people though she was nuts. But she did it, anyway, in spite of all that.
7. Writing fast and nuts is fun and contagious, which is why people band together to do it.
8. There is strength in numbers. Writing with thousands of other nuts people is electrifying.
9. It feels good to finish a novel, and it feels good to do it again. Thus, I’m in my second NaNo.
10. Writing a lot gives you practice, and you get better with practice.
11. Rough drafts and ‘ugly ducklings’ are a necessary part of the creative process.
12. You can’t perfect what you ain’t writ. So all respect to the “yeah, but is it fifty thousand good words’ crowd, DUDE. IT’S A ROUGH DRAFT. WHATCHOO GOT? NOTHIN!
13. I live to write, so I NaNo.