We're right at the half way mark (ok a bit short) of NaNoWriMo, that annual marathon sprint for writers across the globe.
This is my fifth or so NaNo and every year I'm shocked by other writers reactions.
There is a lot of vitriol flung at NaNo out there and I just don't get it. Yes, I agree that agents and editors have reason to fear it- I'm sure they get slammed in December by folks sending in NaNo works that are still raw and bleeding from November. But for every over excited clueless one who does that, there are probably a few hundred who don't.
Some folks slam it because they feel it is too rushed, an emotional burden in an already too fast industry. Ummm, yeah. No one was forced to sign up, and bailing on it won't destroy anyone's future career. I admit I was a bit perplexed by that one. I think the post writer was trying to make a point and just threw in anti-NaNo statements to make it catchy.
Others attack it because it is "encouraging mediocre or worse writing". Many writers are dirty draft writers- aka we write fast and messy and clean it up as we go along but mostly on the back end. I personally only know ONE writer who writes an almost clean draft the first round. They are a serious plotter, and polish each sentence before moving on. Most writers, even plotters, aren't like that. Multiple drafts are part of the game. So why should it matter if my rough draft was born over one month or three? No matter how slow I write, I will need to edit and do revisions galore.
I don't understand why people feel the need to bash something others are enjoying and might actually be getting their writing kicked up a notch. The only thing I can figure is these naysayers need to feel involved somehow since there is so much talk about NaNo in the writing community. They are trying to show their moral and professional superiority to us shlebs out there doing this crazy (and in their mind useless) thing.
I have one thing to say to those people- Bite me. Not professional nor morally superior, I know. But it does get the point across. If you don't like something- DON'T DO IT. You don't need to mock, slam, or insult the people who do like it to make you feel superior.
If you are doing NaNo this month- WRITE ON!
If you are not doing NaNo this month- STILL WRITE ON!
Writing is a tough and oft times lonely field- we should be supporting each other, not passing judgement and bashing each other. *diving off the soap box now*