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  •  well by that analysis then, if a would be writer (2+ / 0-)
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    really wants to write, why not spend the 30 days writing aa well crafted three page outline of a proposed novel or non-fiction book and send it off to publishers to see if there is any interest?.  Or better yet, sit down and start writing carefully, three pages a day for 30 days is 300 pages, and that actually is more than many short novels that often take months to write and often years to re-write and get published.

    If you don't want to be published you are just wanking off. narcisstic and masturbatory.

    Seems like a total waste of creative energy to me. Like buying a bunch of paints, a huge canvas and chucking paint blobs at it until they look like a painting.

    What's the point? to show you can throw paint? or vomit unending stream of 50,000 words. Plot, characters, originality, research, believability, meaning. Oh forget it.

    •  Or at least don't let everyone know about it (1+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle

      I mean, if you're going to masturbate, do it under the covers... where no one can see it.

      I strongly agree with you on this; no big surprise there.

      "Heidegger? But I didn't even know her!"

      by mahakali overdrive on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 02:08:33 PM PDT

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    •  Wow... (3+ / 0-)
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      What a killjoy!

      Maybe it's fun simply for the challenge? Maybe people enjoy seeing what comes out of their fingers as they strive to meet their daily quota? Does everything that everyone does have to have some lofty goal?

      I've done NaNoWriMo for many years now, and always have fun doing it. And nothing I write for NaNo will ever get close to being published. Perhaps something I write outside of NaNoWriMo will be published some day, but that's not what NaNoWriMo is really all about.

      NaNoWriMo is much more about letting go of the fear, about allowing one's self to get one's ideas onto paper without letting the inner critic get in the way. It's about self-esteem and creativity. To insult it because it doesn't meet some kind of academic criteria is to miss the point entirely.

      Let go, have fun, enjoy imperfection and mad dash energy. Then you can get back to "real" work.

      •  that's what I do every day blogging while waiting (0+ / 0-)

        for the 'real' work to begin again. Actually it has already begun by starting a research file and naming my characters.

        I have a feeling that the lines in the sand are being drawn on this subject by 'real' writers and 'wannabe' writers.

        And I've got news for you the inner critic never ever shuts her blabbing yakking mouth. Who the hell do you think you are that you call yourself a writer! you are a fake, a fraud!

        You can't even f...g spell without a spell checker and you need your 9 year old grandson to explain how to use the damn computer.

        Writer's write, they probably also talk too much.  Its almost like being a multiple pesonality as the people you invent live in your head and never shut up.

        If you want to write, then write, you don't need an excuse.

        •  actually I want to add soemthing really serious (1+ / 0-)
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          here for would be writers. What the world really needs in this ever shrinking universe of attention span is more and better complex writers and thinkers. The last thing the world needs in this ever expanding universe of instant access to cyberspace is more bad writers and uncritical thinkers.

          After serving as edito in my mexcio City College student newspaperr in the late 50's, I went to New York, and the  first piece i ever submitted to be read by anyone other than myself, although I wrote incessantly, was an advocacy piece called HELP on the Kitty Genovese affair in Queens , N.Y. I submitted it to a magazine for publication and won a  competition. I was ecstatic but before the alternative magazine could publish it it went out of business.  Even I am not that paranoid that they did it so they wouldn't have to publish me!!!!

          But from that moment on i never ever stopped, writing for television, for film, for radio, to newspapers, for magazines, poetry, essays, research eports, crticism reviews, advocacy op eds etc. etc.

          The book about to be published is my first non fiction full length serious academic and passionate non fiction epic. The novel I am starting to think about will be my first novel.

          I am 76, I hope to write and publish at least three or four more before i pop my clogs.

          So, just write, but try to take it seriously and don't demean the craft by writing quantity instead of quality.

          A poignant haiku is worth infintely more than 50,000   words sometimes.

          That's my say on this matter. I no more expect everyone to agree with me than they have or will agree with everything i write or say in my work.

    •  if we were talking about (0+ / 0-)

      a goal of writing a serious work of fiction or an academic, published work, then I would probably agree with you.  For this program, where the entire point is to just let go of your inhibitions about making the writing perfect, not so much.  Look, I might be writing a zombie horror book that takes place in outer space.  Do you really expect me to create "serious art" with a premise like that?

      Oh, and 3 pages a day for 30 days is 90 pages.  Not 300.

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