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The whole NaNoWriMo thing seemed like such a good idea. Only it's now the tenth, and I've managed a grand total of 300 words so far, and I'm going to scrap them, because they were going nowhere. So the options that I have open to me are to either give the whole thing up as a bad job, or to write 50,000 words of utter, utter drivel. I mean the sort of thing that has a lead character called Mary-Sue and ends with "and then she woke up and it was all just a dream". And those are the good bits.

But which do I do? Write crap, or give up? The choice, dear reader, is yours.

Should I try to write 50,000 words of utter garbage, or should I give up?

Give up
Write the crap

(blah. bad winamp choosing music like this)

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Write something worthwhile and throw the NaNoWriMo rules in the bin?

This would be my option, too. I dislike the way NaNoWriMo encourages people to aim for words-per-day goals that, for most of them, are going to be unsustainable in the long term - elsewhere I compared it to a crash diet. Better to set yourself a sustainable goal and write the thing in six months or a year or two years, I think.

sir [[i use sir as a genderless greeting, forgive me]], i fear that the point of nanowrimo is to get you to write crap, just so that you experience writing something.

obviously working on your magnum opus is a good thing, but if you write 300 words in 10 days of effort, then you will never be done. nano is there to train you to write. i challenge you (where i have failed, twice).

write the crap.

I've got 10,000 words of crap, and no choice but to write another 40,000 words of crap...

I read a book where the author (Isabel Allende, IIRC), talked about teaching a creative writing class. She told this class that each of them was going to write a novel. But rather than trying to write the Great American Novel, they were going to write the worst novel they possibly could.

This relieves the pressure of trying to write something decent, so that you can actually do the writing. The editing process, once you actually have something to work with, can turn it into something decent.

I'd imagine that's the goal of NaNoWriMo as well. It takes off the pressure of writing something wonderful, allowing you to get the framework in place for something that really is wonderful.

Your early work's supposed to be crap. If you can, get ahold of "The Early Asimov", vols. 1 and 2; or compare the Comedy of Errors to Hamlet or King Lear; or listen to Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album against "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".

Do all these in succession and it's like putting your brain in a Finnish sauna.

you offer us a choice which actually makes no difference whatsoever.

this makes you as bad as government!

(please ignore this statement if you have recently posted payment etc)

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