As the post title suggests I’ve signed up to this years National Novel Writing Month. I’ll be honest. I’m not quite sure I see the point of it.
I’ve been aware of the event for some years and I know a number of people who take part every year. I’ve done some reading on the website and checked out the local forums to see what’s going on there. That has made me wonder if it’s a communal effort, supporting each other, nudging each other along to get the words written.
Is this because people struggle to write? Lack ideas? Motivation? I have no idea but one thing which isn’t immediately clear is what happens when the event ends. What do people do in December? Finish their books? Abandon them?
I note there are a number of events organised throughout November for participants to gather and presumably share progress, or otherwise, and also perhaps offer and receive support. Work won’t allow me to attend any of these so I might well be missing out on the whole ethos of the event.
I’m also unclear what the ‘winning’ part actually is. I mean, I validate my 50,000 words and I win. What exactly? I suppose I will find out at the end of the month, if I write enough words.
I suspect I’ll forget all about the event because writing fits in around the day job and a number of other things. I have no trouble writing words, and certainly no lack of ideas, but since I don’t make any money from it, it’s hard to justify spending time on it at the expense of something else. As such, finding time for a couple of thousand words a day is hard to make a case for. Still, we shall see.
I shall aim to begin tomorrow evening and report back on progress at the end of the event.