I participated last year and won. It was easily the hardest thing I have ever written. The best thing about it though was that I not only was able to finish a 'novel' but it gave me greater perspective on the level of outlining and story planning I need to do to finish something that I could be proud of.
I wrote 4,000 words yesterday, because I didn't write at all thursday and friday due to exhaustion. Today I meant to plant myself in front of my laptop and grind out another 5K, but i've been procrastinating all day. D:
I just think it's stupid how apparently people just care about finishing something so they can gloat about it while actual writing takes a lot of thinking, plotting and world-building. Except Stephen King. He poops books.
It's a project. People gloat about it because it is an achievement to write a large chunk of words a day. And don't say that we don't world-build. The nanowrimo Reddit forums were filled with people showing their maps a couple of days ago . There are still plots, in this case, plots come up on the fly and force you to think it through while you write. I think it's stupid how you care so much that a lot of people want to take a month to write 50000 words like a marathon that they normally wouldn't written. Maybe that'll get them interested in writing more. Maybe they'll become a published author in the future.
NaNoWriMo isn't for actually writing books. It's to get that sense of discipline for writing, and it's a hell of a lot of fun.
LudwigvanKickass2Featured By OwnerNov 11, 2012Professional Traditional Artist
That book is awesome. I've read every book by Albert Camus. The Myth of Sisyphus is his best essay while The Stranger is his best work of prose. Camus has tied with Kafka. And the last three months has been me either shirtless shooting, slashing, stabbing, and flinging paint at my canvases, or hunkered down reading Dostoyevsky and Schopenhauer.
I finally hit 10k words last night and then I cried because I'm still so far behind and I keep letting myself get far behind. "I can totally play Minecraft for 4 straight hours, I have plenty of time to catch up." Dear self: no you do not.