I recently stumbled on a Huffington Post blog entry* crapping on NaNoWriMo from a guy holding up the Art end of Writing all by himself and calling on others to help. (I exaggerate a little, but it was the kind of silly huffy post some might write in a fit of indignation–which like other fits, usually involves at least a small amount of spittle.) My personal response is, it’s not the tool that matters, it’s how you apply it. Thankfully, there is no right way to start writing or to write. The point is to do it and use whatever you tools you need to make that happen, as long as there’s no hidden surcharges and minimal surveillance except by nubile young college girls sure that the unshaven older guy in the corner of the coffee shop is Writing his Novel.
The rest of NaNoWriMo (which awkwardly sounds too much like Robin William’s Nanoo nanoo) is, well, whatever the rest needs it to be, and employment for the few people who make it happen. Frankly Surely (my favorite hermaphrodite), I’d hate to be an agent or publishing house editor in the weeks following.
*I like the Huffington Post but that doesn’t mean I think the aforementioned blog entry deserves a link back.
The “structure of show” article linked here, is spot on, at least for me. Writing fast has often meant going “cinematic,” where I apply just enough character interaction and introspection to move the plot along. At first I spent too much time worrying about the lack of depth or reader involvement in the characters, the story feeling like just another piece of prose skimming along to Soggy Bottom. Helpful to see that this state of draft is not uncommon and that, as I figured in the moments in which I figure, subsequent drafts start poking around in noggins in ways relevant to plot.