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  •  If you're not "grunting," you're not practicing (3+ / 0-)

    The question is, why you're grunting. If you're grunting from the pain of putting words (any words) on paper, then you're not practicing how to write, you're practicing how to type.

    There's no point in writing a novel unless you intend it to be a good one. And it's true, the first two may suck, but they should suck because you tried to make them excellent and failed, not because you didn't try to make them excellent and succeeded.

    I can imagine with some writers it being useful to spit those 50,000 words out purely for the sake of getting over the terror of having to write so many words, but I think this would be a rather extreme therapy for people with a unique condition. It's not something I would generally prescribe.


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    by Zackpunk on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 03:19:14 PM PDT

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    •  Grunting only for the right exercise. (3+ / 0-)
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      There's no point in writing a novel unless you intend it to be a good one.
      Yeah, but that's at the end of the process. And the process doesn't end with your first draft. I suppose it could for some. Not for everyone.

      The Baptist Death Ray (wrightc [at] eviscerati [dot] org) "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
      - Edward Young

      by The Baptist Death Ray on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:15:58 PM PDT

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      •  That's true no matter what (0+ / 0-)

        I mentioned this in my first comment, but it's worth repeating. It doesn't matter if you spend a month, a year, or ten years writing your novel. It's never done with your first draft, ever, no matter who you are. So to say you have to write it all in one month because the first draft won't be any good anyway, that's just not a compelling argument to me.


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        by Zackpunk on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:39:04 PM PDT

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        •  well you *don't* have to. (1+ / 0-)
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          NaNoWriMo isn't mandatory. Neither is a marathon.

          The Baptist Death Ray (wrightc [at] eviscerati [dot] org) "We are all born originals -- why is it so many of us die copies?"
          - Edward Young

          by The Baptist Death Ray on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 04:54:21 PM PDT

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          •  You don't have to either! (0+ / 0-)

            You don't have to constrain yourself with arbitrary word counts and impractical deadlines assigned by some random event. You can customize your daily goals to something that works for you. You can take as much time as you need to make the first draft better. Consider it as an option. You may find it gets you further toward your goal (assuming your goal is to write the best novel possible).


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            by Zackpunk on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:04:38 PM PDT

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