alma hromics essay on why nanowrimo participants arent writers
Can anyone participate in NaNoWriMo?, the FAQ goes on to ask. The answer is no. “People looking to write classy, complex novels should not participate. People who take their writing very seriously should go elsewhere. Everyone else is warmly welcomed.” So they are specifically excluding anyone who might have a real stake in this, and welcoming people with no ambition, no real wish to write, only the wish to be able to “make obscure references to their novel” at parties. Excluding the people with drive and passion and, it would appear, that bare modicum of writing talent that would ensure that they took this lark at least a little bit seriously also means that the folks who do participate will have no standards to measure against. It’s those 50,000 words of “it’s-okay-just-write-it” crap again.
2) “Aiming low is the best way to succeed.”
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Dear Editor: I am deeply saddened to read such a negative view of writing from a writer. I do not contend that there are dues to be paid. I agree that, “These are a writer’s dues – reading, writing, rejection. All of them need to be paid before a final acceptance.” But this applies to published writing. Since when does this mean you cannot have fun and encourage others to enjoy the art?