I think that unless you are a professional who is doing this on something of a lark, like my friend Joe Konrath, what you'll end up with is 50,000 nigh unusable words and no skill set to improve them.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sean Lindsay says all kinds of good stuff in this interview, explaining his objections to National Novel Writing Month.
The concept of NaNo seems to be to give people the feel-good buzz of being a “Novelist”, with the barest minimum of work to justify it. They say “Anyone can be a writer”, but that’s only true if you reduce the definition to the most basic level of “someone who writes”. That would mean that everyone who isn’t functionally illiterate is already a writer. The notion of being a writer is only attractive if it maintains the prestige society attaches to published, successful writers.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I have been abiding by the writers' strike since their last strike. I haven't been writing, in protest, for the past twenty years. Everyone should stop writing in sympathy. I have.
New York magazine. Nov. 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
If you want to be remembered as a clever person and even as a benefactor to humanity, don't write a novel, or even talk about it. Most people who seek attention and regard by announcing that they're writing a novel are actually so devoid of narrative talent that they can't hold the attention at a dinner table for thirty seconds, even with a dirty joke.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
NEW YORK - Norman Mailer, the macho prince of American letters who for decades reigned as the country's literary conscience and provocateur with such books as "The Naked and the Dead" and "The Executioner's Song" died Saturday, his literary executor said. He was 84.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Why try to write a novel in a month, inviting more guilt and recriminations when you fail the challenge? During National No Writing Month, everybody's a winner. Our rule is simple: don't write anything during November, especially fiction.
I'm sick of reading about National Novel Writing Month. National No Writing Month is my antidote. I suppose the perfect response to NaNoWriMo (sounds like something Mork would've said) would be a blank page, but I'll endeavor to post something here to encourage you to refrain from writing this month. If you've already started, drop out now and avoid the rush.