The Key to Writing: Take Your Time

Here’s another opinion on NaNoWriMo. Interesting perspective. Do you plan to attempt it?

Tammie Painter

In a couple weeks the mad frenzy known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will begin. During this month, during these 30 short days, writers are encouraged to write a novel. All I have to say is please don’t.

Now before you start throwing tirades at me saying NaNoWriMo is the most wonderful writing event on earth, keep reading to understand my point.

Writing a Book Takes Time

I would have no issue if NaNoWriMo would just change their name to National First Draft Writing Month. It’s not as catchy, but it establishes a more realistic mind set for the event.

Good books take time...and plenty of coffee. Good books take time…and plenty of coffee.

For those with superb time management skills, a first draft is possible within 30 days. You cannot write a “book” in 30 days unless you’re some kind of planning genius, you possess a supernatural writing talent that should be studied by scientists…

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1 Comment

  1. I completely agree that there is NO WAY to possibly write a complete manuscript in only 30 days, but I think the value of encouraging others to get that first drat on paper outweighs the misrepresentation of the name. I know for me – it is hard to stay focused on one project, and not stop to edit/re-write each and every chapter, so I am hoping the structure of NaNo will help me get a first draft on paper.


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