National Novel Writing Month: Love it or Hate it?
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m having a little trouble identifying with the concept of National Novel Writing Month. I’m having even more trouble getting on board with its acronym, NaNoWriMo. Sounds like a poorly named droid or something . . . perhaps the space-junkyard lovechild of R2D2 and C3PO?
I think my main problem with the concept of NaNoWriMo (I’m sure the people behind the organization are awesome) is that it cheapens the art of novel writing. By this I mean if a person hasn’t already succumbed to the all-consuming drive to write and complete a novel, why start now? Why on earth would something as silly sounding as NaNoWriMo motivate you to finally get serious about writing?
I’m not trying to be ugly or cynical here. I’m glad people are writing. I’m just really struggling with the NaNoWriMo idea (and acronym. Oy!).
[For me, it’s akin to the Character First Conundrum — click here to check out Character First’s list of 49 character qualities, which you can learn and, halleluiah, use to finally become a decent human being! No more struggling through life developing such traits as you experience and grow from intangibles like hope and despair and disappointment and triumph.]
Another thing that bugs me about NaNoWriMo is the whole Mo part. Talk about cheap. (I might be able to get behind something like National Novel Writing Span.) I think the last thing a less and less literate United States needs is more rushed writing.
And on that note I present my last problem with NaNoWriMo: wouldn’t a better use of such a huge group of participants and energy be, say, volunteering at one’s local school or literacy council? I mean, obviously the NaNoWriMo participants know how to read and write. Right?
On the other hand, the years I’ve spent writing in private are just as self-serving as the days the NaNoWriMos are piling up in public; though I’ve often considered doing so, I haven’t volunteered at my local literacy council, either. But maybe now I will! That would certainly be a healthier response than this semi-cynical quasi-rant, henceforth known simply as SemCynQuaRa.
Plus rants are soooo out.
But internet polls are IN! Let me know where you come out on this: