This isn't the first time I've written about NaNoWriMo. I've expressed my disdain for the event because I feel it does an injustice to the craft, the ART, of writing. It's great if you can put down 30,000 words of a novel, whether it takes you a month, a year or a decade. But just because you compile thousands of words doesn't mean you have written a novel.
Or that your novel is worth reading.
In fact there are thousands and thousands of 'novelists' out there and thousands more 'novels' gathering dust on bookshelves and in discount bins across the country and around the world. This is due to the fact that although everyone might have a story to tell, not everyone knows how to tell their story in a way which is pleasant for the reader.
I suppose there is value in the process, however. Any amount of writing is good practice for people who want to write stories, but I still firmly believe not everyone can be a writer. Just as not everyone can paint a masterpiece, or sculpt a block of marble or design a stunning dress.
It is long past time that people recognize writing is more than just having good grammar or the ability to spell. Weaving a story is an art; a well-defined art which only a select few possess. This is what makes Stephen King and Dan Brown and Shakespeare something more than simple word processors. They are artists who use words to create their pictures instead of paint or clay. To expect that composing a novel in 30 days makes you something other than a quick typist and a good speller is simply fooling yourself.
Now, this doesn't mean you shouldn't try. I encourage you to give it your best shot and see what happens. It certainly can't hurt, I suppose. As long as you remember than it isn't the number of words you compile which makes you a writer. It is your ability to tell a great story.
Click here to read about NaNoWriMo in Portsmouth.National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) gives writers an opportunity to complete a novel of their own.After hearing Merrimack Public Library participated in this event, the city library decided to start a branch, led by Sherry Evans, head of public services at the library, and librarian Heather Armitage.NaNoWriMo is held each November, and writers are given space in which to create a novel in 30 days. The partnership with libraries is called Come Write In.A kickoff will be held at the library from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, with food provided by Flatbread Co. An online forum in which writers can share ideas will be introduced at the kickoff. A Writer's Block Party will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15, when Hallie Ephron, author of "Never Tell a Lie," will speak.Each Tuesday of the month, the library's Hilton Garden Inn Room will be transformed into a writer's cafe from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The room will feature power cords for writers' laptops, snacks and a procrastination station filled with writing books for participants to peruse."The Seacoast is so rich with writers," Evans said. "We just want it to be celebratory."
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