Sunday, 25 May 2014

Four Reasons Why NaNoWriMo Sucks

NaNoWriMo is an event every year in November that novelists participate in to get 50,000 words down in a bid to win prizes and bragging rights. Many people swear by it, and whilst many people have succeeded in the "NaNo Dream" and got published, many people are left in the dirt with their proof copy of a novella they wrote. Most cases are that the novel is dreadful, and the harsh reality is that no publisher would accept it, and most people are fine with that! Hell, I am! But, for people looking for a career into writing, NaNo could be the kickstart they need, or the thing pulling them back. Here's why!

  1. Most novels are over 100,000 words. 50,000 words would just be considered a novella. Serious novelists should know this, yet the NaNo site says that you write a novel in the month.That's just not the case!
  2. Many first drafts have mega plot holes and errors that, solo-writers won't be able to spot. And without an agent or editor already backing you, it would be hard to get your errors taken care of. This is why many people write their first draft without planning for NaNo and then get rejected by most companies and agents. 
  3. NaNo teaches you that writing bad is good. Whilst this approach gets the first draft up and running, it simply isn't ethical. It doesn't work in the long run, because NaNo-ers will leave the month believing they've just wrote a masterpiece novel, and only when they get hit with bad feedback do they try to improve, but most drafts are so bad for NaNo that they end up flopping anyway! 
  4. There's no planning required. Any good writer will probably say you need to plan. A lot of people say you don't! I don't usually! But a lot of NaNo-novels have little to no planning and, well... end up being thrown into the rejections pile. It's good for fun and a hearty way to make friends, but not to make a novel.
I hope you guys see where I'm coming from. I love NaNo as much as the next, and I do love getting some free books, but I only ever get GOOD copies printed. Does anyone feel that I'm wrong, or right? Feel free to comment!

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