How’s That Novel Coming Along? Or, Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo

Taipei Writers Group

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Participants in NaNoWriMo have my deepest respect. Within the space of 30 short days, they try to produce 50,000 words of coherent writing in the rough shape of a novel. Many NaNoWriMo writers have full-time jobs, children, elderly parents and numerous other demands on their time, yet they heroically sit down day after day, striving to create wonderful works of fiction. And many succeed.

I can write 50,000 words in 30 days, too. In fact, I completed NaNoWriMo last year, and even got the t-shirt. The only problem was that my final result was 50,000 words of drivel. Seriously. I daren’t open the file to read it because I could tell as I was writing how terrible it was, but at the time, hitting that word count target seemed to be the only thing that mattered. Unlike many other writers, I seem incapable of…

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