Several friends have asked if I’m taking part in the NaNoWriMo, and I’ve politely said no, I’m not.
I’ve never even considered it before but this year, since it’s been coming up so often in discussion and because frankly, I AM in writing mode, I checked out the website and the ideas behind the premise. Sorry, but I just can’t see how, for me, pushing to write 50,000 words in a month (which wouldn’t be hard for me in particular to do) will help my writing. I’ve just spent the better part of two months on a single 3,000 word story, and still asked for help from a friend who’s a pro (and a prof) before I felt comfortable submitting it. But for thems that can do it, I really admire the effort and hard work and time it’s going to demand.
But what I’m working on now takes more time to tweak than to write the first draft. Quality, not quantity, is what I’m seeking to achieve, though I suppose if I had a rough writing spell this would be the ideal picker-upper. Somehow, though, the whole idea of word count and fast and furious writing seems counterpoint to what a writer hopes to achieve. Sounds more like a publisher’s thinking to me. I’ve always hated the word count thing anyway; insisting that a sellable novel must be between 80,000 and 100,000 words.
I say, it needs whatever it takes to tell the story.