But enough about me. Apparently there are some issues with NaNo. Ones I wasn't totally aware of until I joined the huge group of writers participating.
According to what I've learned this is the purpose of NaNo:
Write blindly. Write without cause. Just write. Quality doesn't matter, just get those words down on paper, peeps!
Now, does anyone see a problem with that?
Well, when I started, I didn't see a problem with it because I'm realistic. I know that end of my thirty days of mad-dash writing, I'm going to have a hot mess of a story that will take me months to finish completely (finish, edit, fix plots holes, characters, etc).
In this instance, I will call myself "experienced" in the world of writing. (ONLY in this instance--lol). Before diving head first into NaNo, I researched, I developed a plot, and I outlined. Okay, I didn't outline because I'm totally a panster. But the point is, I PLANNED. And I STILL know I will have a hot mess when I'm done. A hot mess that will need work.
This knowledge and work I know I have coming to me in the end of this mad-dash of writing separates me from some of the NaNo writers. According to what I've read, some people actually QUERY the the book they wrote for NaNo in December. IN DECEMBER!!
Really? People do that?
Scott Eagan, literary agent, did a post on this Monday. Find out what he had to say about those December queries for NaNo books here. The comments are great, too. Make sure to check it out.
I think NaNo is a good tool for getting us off our butts and writing again. People like me, who haven't written in a year, need that extra push to get something done. However, when completing NaNo, it's important that you be realistic. Understand that the book you write in November will be in no way, shape, or form, ready for querying in December. Honestly, if you query that book, you are doing a disservice to yourself and you are irritating agents around the globe. Just don't.