So, this has been on my mind since October. Just a few things I want to put out there.
I’m pretty sure the creators of NaNoWriMo took at least one super-villain laugh break when they chose November for this occasion. They picked a month with one of the busiest holidays of the season? Would December have been crazier? Absolutely, but I also know a lot of people who like to plan ahead in November. Those people probably lost their damn minds.
There is Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, amongst others. If I’ve missed any big ones, please forgive my ignorance (and educate me!). Anyway, I complained to anyone who would listen about the timing, but when I really thought about it, every month has its issues. Complaining just to complain.
Before NaNo started, I was truly shocked at the amount of vitriol that started popping up. I don’t know if this is the usual, but there were tons of articles about “WHY I DON’T DO NANO” and everyone was being really high and mighty about it. What made me more angry was the people hell bent on talking people out of it. Is it fine if NaNo isn’t your thing? Of course! But the writing community is for encouragement. It’s fine to also give your honest opinion of NaNo, but to tear others out of the experience just because you don’t like it? No. Just stop.
Plotter vs. Pantser
Pantsers are going to shake their heads at me when I say this. I went into NaNoWriMo a Pantser and came out a plotter. UGH. Guys, I love the daydreaming part but the outlining part sucks. I hate it. As much as I loathed the process, it made it so much easier to write! I’m still coming to terms with this, but hey…the point I want to make is, just because it happened to me does not mean it’s the best for someone else. The other thing I saw going around before NaNo started was a bunch of people insisting that pantsers were doomed to fail. Listen to me. THAT IS NOT TRUE. Pantsing definitely works for some people. There are plenty of pantsers who win NaNo, and I know some who do it quite easily. There is not a “one size fits all process.” No. Just stop.
I loved NaNoWriMo. This was my first time, so I don’t know if the things I mentioned are a regular occurrence or not. Despite all of this, once we all started, everyone was beyond encouraging. Even when I came across writers that weren’t participating, they offered to sprint and help with anything I needed. The writing community is an awesome place. My next post will be about what I loved about NaNo and what I learned from the experience.