It seems everyone in my Twitter feed is talking about #nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), and I have a few things to say about that. That's great you've written 20,833 words in less than two weeks; I'm happy for you. I fully support your need to find motivation and support for your writing habits. That's fantastic. Pump it out. Work your ass off and be proud you produced 50,000 words in a single month. You did it. You're a novelist!
Okay, wait. Slow down. I used to think this was the best way to write a novel too--to write as fast as you can, as furiously as you can in a caffeinated woosh! I've written some stuff like this, and, when I read it now, I can't make sense of it and the story has too many holes in it and the characters lack depth and everything is all over the place and up and under. Basically, things written this way end up as big fat information dumps with so many things written that have to be chopped out anyway you're left with nothing of much value afterwards--Prose Puke!
Now, don't take me the wrong way; I think there is some merit in this method of speed writing, but, when used, you have to be aware that most of what you're writing is total crap and you'll be forced to sift through it all later to find the little bits that have fused into the valuable diamonds-in-the-rough and discard most of the rest. Just be warned, spending the month of November writing a "novel"--and all 50,000 words--may yield only a meager 5,000 words of value (or worse, you might realize your entire premise is cliche or just doesn't work...).
Alright, I know; I'm being real negative about NaNoWriMo. If you do it, I wish you all the best in the world, I really do. I only say these things because I've found the quality of my own writing jumps dramatically when I slow down and really think through what I'm writing. I am better able to keep a hold on my story and characters, as well as to keep my style and tone consistent, when I keep things as slow as they need to be for me. But, well, we're all different. We have individual styles and techniques.
At the end of the month of November, there will be more "novelists" in the world. It's the truth.
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