Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Interview: Sean Lindsay on NaNoWriMo

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.

1 comment:

Memoires of a Heroinhead said...

It's like saying everyone is a 'thinker'! Now, that's scary, isn't it?