Sunday, December 7, 2014

Why My 15k Words Are Better Than Your 50k (NaNoWriMo 2014 In Summary)

National Novel Writing Month ended a week ago and where do I stand?

I built a magnificent universe with a good artist friend of mine, one that holds the potential for a great number of stories, some of which we peered into for a brief moment, and some of which we never touched. I still have characters who haven't had their chance in the spotlight yet, major and minor1, 2 alike. And I'm going to keep building their lives.

But I failed the rudimentary spirit of NaNoWriMo, which is, essentially "Quantity over Quality." Most of what comes from NaNo participants is absolute drivel. It's easy to break 50k words in a month if you don't particularly care how well those words are arranged. Hell, you could write "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" five thousand times, and you'd count as a NaNo winner.

Many of those so-called novels will hit the slag pile, but a few will get painstakingly polished over the next eleven months, only to start the cycle again next year.

What about my "novel"?

It's already polished, and technically, it's already published. Maybe I got fewer words than the event calls for, but I didn't fill my pages with garbage that's bound to get tossed anyway. Why write those words if you're just going to get rid of them later?

Seems wasteful to me.

So how many words did I actually write? To be perfectly honest, I don't know. I have a tally going, somewhere in the queue of posts, and I might release it, just to satisfy the curious. I know I broke ten thousand, but what's it really matter?

What I do know is this:

My story is one worth reading, and I know that because I have the visitor statistics from the blog. Do you disagree? Stop by and tell me where I went wrong: