Thursday, December 12, 2002
It’s been a few weeks and I’ve been quiet.
I can’t say it’s because I’ve been all typed out or anything.
I’m looking forward to reading other novels as we start NaNoEdMo (National Novel Editing Month - which takes more than a month).
This is what I think about NaNovels. I think, by and large, they are fantastically readable things. I know everyone thinks that a novel written in a month can’t be good. And if you think about it like a real novel, a novel that’s been crafted and edited and proofed, then no, it’s not going to meet those standards. But I’ve found them to be logical enough. The writing from moment to moment is good and the writers come up with very inventive things. Yes, there are long passages that have nothing to do with the plot or the characters. Mine has entirely too much shrugging and quipping in it. (According to the Word AutoSummarize feature.)
But I love the journey. That you go into a NaNovel expecting one thing (probably things similar to what the writer expected) and you end up somewhere rather different. They’re indulgent and refreshing. Probably more honest and less manipulative than a polished novel.
I’m going to go print one out now. If you have a NaNovel that you’d like me to read, please send me an email. I’d love to take a look at it and I can give very gentle first comments. (Or I can be brutal, if that’s what you’re looking for.)
During November it's all about me writing a novel. Sometimes it's about whalewatching. You know, and then there's other stuff.