Some writer friends of mine swear by it. Others go into deep hibernation. On Forum boards all over the net you see this little icons in the signature announcing to the world how many words they have in a novel they are writing for the National Novel Writing Month. Here the idea is one thing - quantity, as far as I can determine.
Over at Absolute Write they have oodles upon oodles of threads and posts devoted to this craziness. Now, whereas this would be a great idea for kids in school and such, for the life of me I cannot understand why someone involved in serious writing would want to sit for 30 days producing a novel that is just a conglomeration of words.
I am sure there are those that plan out the novel before Nov. 1st rolls around. I am sure there are those that will say, "well hopefully something will come out that I can later work on and turn into a real book". And I am sure there are those who do it for the fun of it or just to say they could do it.
And yet, it seems such an exercise in futility to me that I am bemused by it all. At first it kind of looked to me like an insult to good writing. You know, write whatever junk comes to your mind and produce the great Novel.
Then, in a more kinder mood, I thought that maybe this is really a good idea to promote the art of the written word. Get people to write even if they still cannot put a coherent paragraph together.
Then I thought this is just some more hype (but I cannot figure out from where the income comes from, so it is not a scam).
Then I finally realized that my head is not screwed on right. After all, so many people seem to take this glorious pleasure at putting themselves through torture and sleepless nights just to produce the most words in a work that no one will ever read - then the synapses in my brain must be cross-wired and not understand the lure.
Nope I am not a fan of this Novel shmorgasboard. I see it as being totally without purpose or merit. I can find no redeeming quality to joining this race for words and mishkabobble of minds. It seems to be madness has overtaken many wannabe authors (and even some published ones to my great shock!)
So I accept the fact I am crazy (not a biggie since I knew that already). That I always espouse unpopular ideas. I am looked upon with sadness and pity by those who know the love of writing novels for the sake of just stringing words together.
I really do not get this. I do not understand it. It is a world gone mad with words and thoughts with no cohesion to them.
But then again, hell, I blog. One could say the same thing for Bloggers everywhere!
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