For my writer friends out there, I’m sure you’re all aware that NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. For the unanointed NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal of the project is to write a 50,000 word novel in a single month. This means you need to average about 1,700 words per day (1,666.6 if you want to be exact).
Many people love it, saying it’s a great motivator. Many people hate it, saying it creates artificial, write-at-all-costs-even-if-it’s-crap mentality. Other critics contend that anyone who needs the motivation of NaNoWriMo to write isn’t a real writer, for real writers write whether it’s November or not.
I won’t jump in on either side of the argument, as I’m pretty free thinking on this stuff. If you like NaNoWriMo, do it. If you don’t like it, then don’t do it. I feel no reason to tell other people what they should or shouldn’t do, when it doesn’t directly affect me one way or the other. (Now, if you’d like to camp out in my living room to do NaNo, then I’m gonna have to tell you, NO!) However, on a personal level, I have no interest in NaNoWriMo.
It’s just not practical for me, in terms of logistics. If they’d picked March, or even September, I’d probably be more willing to give it a go. But, I have too much to do in November. There’s Thanksgiving, which some years requires travel, so you’re losing days automatically. Plus, my kids are out of school, and that’s never conducive to getting stuff done. Also, my husband and son were born in November, and they generally aren’t happy if I ignore them on their birthdays in favor of completing my word counts. Usually, I plan a birthday party for my son, which means I have to spend time baking cupcakes, making goodie bags and other party-related stuff. So, I’m never going to do NaNoWriMo.
Though, I do like the spirit of it, and I’m trying to get my word count up to that (or higher naturally). If I can achieve that level on days I’m writing, I’ll be pretty happy. But, I’m certainly not going to set myself up for defeat by trying to do 50,000 words in a month that I know I’m already going to be super busy.
So what are your thoughts on NaNoWriMo? Do you NaNo or Say No?