It’s that time of year again when a lot of people around the globe prepare for a mad dash toward 50,000 words while a few other write blog posts about how NaNoWriMo does not an author make.
I can understand authors who get riled up about the subject. I imagine there are a few people out there who participate in NaNoWriMo, win, and then decide that they are suddenly authors. Writers, yes, but authors?
On one hand, it’s a very exciting event that gets a lot of people together and raises a lot of money for nice causes. On the other hand, it could lead to some people being disrespectful and/or dismissive of what it is – and what it takes – to be an author.
To be quite honest… I think getting genuinely upset about NaNoWriMo is a waste of precious time. It gets people coming together in a positive way, people have fun and connect with others around the globe, and there aren’t a lot of ‘bad eggs’ out there badmouthing authors because ‘they totally wrote a book in a month’.
In numbers, 50,000 words does not make a novel or a novelist. It’s a novella, and – according to most – until a piece is published, you are not an author.
But those things shouldn’t stop anyone from participating, and it certainly shouldn’t cause anyone to badmouth NaNoWriMo or what it does for people.
In the end, it’s like anything: it’s all what you make of it.