Defending NaNoWriMo – A Response to Laura Miller

Worth resurrecting after all this time.

Sleep Before Waking

I recently read an article on Salon.com entitled “Better Yet, DON’T Write that novel” and despite having never successfully taken part in NaNoWriMo, I actually have opinion on it. (Who’s surprised there? Seriously.)

You can find the article at:

http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2010/11/02/nanowrimo

In her rant she states that NaNoWriMo is a fountain of crap and results in thousands of garbage manuscripts being dumped on the doorsteps of every agent and publisher from here to Calcutta, and despite my complete belief that she may be right in that respect, that isn’t NaNoWriMo’s fault.

National Novel Writing Month was created for the sole purpose of inspiring creators who were otherwise having trouble with the gumption and dedication it takes to actually write (and complete) a novel. Support systems and group mentality are unbelievably helpful to those in any arena – be it weight loss or training for a marathon, having a group to fall…

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