Well, here we go again:
You can now announce your project for NaNoWriMo 2020! What does announcing your project mean? It’s how you say to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
(@NaNoWriMo) September 02, 2020
If you want to write a novel and think that “NaNoNaNoNaNo” will help you, fine. What I will announce here – as I do most every year – is that I have never participated in it, and I have no intention of doing so. I write at my own pace and I will never be hurried in any way because what is written lasts forever.
My main problem with it is I do not like the underlying fundamental concept. “Churning out” a “50,000” word novel in “one month” is I think giving a new writer the impression that is actually pretty doable, but in fact conveying that impression is dangerous in the sense that it could prove discouraging to many. “50,000” words is about the length of The Great Gatsby, which took Fitzgerald over six months to write.
I take about a year to a year and a half to complete a 90,000-150,000 word novel.
Since 2013, I have published FIVE novels (and a FREE short story), with a sixth novel well underway now.
Having seen that “NaNoNaNoNaNo” tweet also led me to think on this. I will never say I have a “favorite” anything about what I write or even a “favorite” character. Everything is important to me.
Below is a single longish passage from each of my five novels so far. These are telling in their ways, but are not themselves meant here necessarily to be representative of the books. Rather I share them as examples of what may take merely minutes to read… probably took me days and even weeks to write:
Writers like to think they write what they want to write. Yet in the back of our minds always is that ultimately readers deliver the final verdict.
It is readers’ opinions that matter the most. As long as my readers feel they have gotten what they paid for, I feel I have hit the target. I don’t really care what anyone else thinks.
Have a good weekend, wherever you are. 🙂