Note: For those of you who are newcomers to this blog, waaaaaaay back in the day I used to throw up a disclaimer whenever I wrote a post that featured extremely unclean language or presented a rant that was designed to offend a maximum amount of people.
Disclaimer: This post will feature an opinion that runs counter to just about every positive opinion/helpful idea that will be thrown out in blogland by just about every single writer and agent of note and semi-note. In short, I am the cad who takes off his glove and slaps the hero across the face with it and challenges him to a duel.
So, once again, The National Novel Writing Month is coming up fast and once again yours truly really doesn't see what the big F'n deal is. I mean, if you're a writer, shouldn't you be writing whatever kind of novel in whatever kind of genre that you enjoy writing to begin with? Do you really need anyone to give you any kind of advice on how to best write a novel for a non-award winning completely voluntary "contest" in which the only prize is that you have a completed trunk novel sitting on your desk that will probably never see the light of day anywhere?
I mean, really, is it necessary for anyone to write a complex and mind boggling detail oriented post, such as the one written by Alexandra Sokoloff (link can be found at Sandra Seaman's blog or you can google for her blog), for something that really doesn't matter in the long run.
Look, if you're already perpetually motivated to write to begin with, you're certainly not going to pay attention to something that will add unneeded aggravation (in the form of friends who are participating because apparently they're not motivated enough to write on their own, or they're digging out something from their slush pile to work on because whatever they're working on now is sucking bull cookies, or even worse, you're pulling something out your slush pile to work on because...YOU. DON'T. HAVE. ANYTHING. ORIGINAL. TO. WRITE.) to your life. And if you're not perpetually motivated, chances are infinitesimal to negative zero that this will not motivate you to write a new novel for just that one month.
Let's face it, the "contest" should renamed The National Novel Writing Year, because isn't that what most writers do throughout the year to begin with? That's what I try to do, write year 'round. Not concentrate my energies in making a big HOO HAH OVER SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS TO BEING WITH.
Either you're gonna write, or not. A pseudo contest, or specifically, a pseudo idea that does absolutely nothing for no one in the long run should not influence you to write faster/crummier/with less thought and or intelligence than you do to begin with.
Personally, I would like to form my own contest/idea and create a .org for it called, "The National Boycott Writing Month", or NaBoWriMo for a bad acronym. The idea is very simple: For the entire month of November, do not churn out any word beyond what is necessary to keep your blog going or to fulfill contractual assignments. No short stories, no long stories, no novellas, and no novels.
Take a break, rest your brain, uncramp your hands, get your fat ass out of the chair and go outside. Enjoy life, do good deeds, exercise, do anything your heart craves and desires.
C'mon, try it for day. Try it for a week. What do you got to lose?
My name is G and the opinion expressed here today is probably echoed by others who also don't care about this upcoming annoyance but are too scared to voice their opinion about it less they get slammed for it.