Sunday, November 1, 2015

Rules About Writing

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
Katharine Hepburn

It's November (though not as I'm writing this, but as you're reading this) so this post is intended to be primarily about National Novel Writing Month, but that doesn't mean it can't apply to other things.

With the increased popularity of NaNoWriMo and following it, the increased commercialization of the celebration, there have come with it some rules. My readers should already know how I feel about rules.

The foremost of these is "Don't start before November 1st."

That is a stupid rule.

That is a rule the punishes people for diligence and hard work.

They say you can start you're character sketches, plot outlines, and world creation before the first, but you can't set down a word of story (regardless whether it will be one of the many inevitably cut when National Novel Editing Month begins, aka December).

Guess what.

Yeah, you're damn right I started early. However, I didn't publish anything early, which is why, if you swing over to right now (5am on Nov 1 as this post goes live) you won't be treated to anything except for the world synopsis (which went up at one minute before midnight, for no reason other than sticking it to the man; and before you say that world creation before November 1st is okay, know that it's not just a synopsis, but also intended to be a prologue. That means it's story.). For the beginning of the story, you'll have to wait a few more hours (while I'm still asleep in bed).

(Oh, and for those curious about when I wrote this post, it's twenty minutes past eight on the 28th of September.)