Quantity vs. Quality: the purpose of NaNoWriMo

Recently, I got an e-mail from my dad in which he asked a question about the NaNoWriMo word counts. “Didn’t want to ‘disrespect’ your writing thing,” he wrote, “but do want to know….. what’s the point of how many words? In my way of thinking the objective is to get across the point or storyContinue reading “Quantity vs. Quality: the purpose of NaNoWriMo”

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #1

Today, I am five days into NaNoWriMo.  My current official word count (not counting the writing I’ve already done today) is 13,666 words, with an average of 3,416.5 words per day.  This is a pretty frenetic pace, really, and I don’t expect to keep it up throughout the month (yesterday, for example, I actually wroteContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #1”

Songs for NaNoWriMo

As I’ve written elsewhere, I often use music to write.  Sometimes it’s about setting the mood, sometimes it’s just about filling the silence, but sometimes, especially on long works like a novel, it’s also about structuring my thoughts.  For both my dissertation novel and the novel I’m writing now for NaNoWriMo, I use a full-blownContinue reading “Songs for NaNoWriMo”

Some tips for new WriMos

I was browsing my Middle East Regional forum over at the NaNoWriMo website today and found a post thread that I imagine is showing up on everyone’s discussion forums: tips for first-time WriMos (a “WriMo” is someone participating in NaNoWriMo, though to be honest, I’m not a fan of the term). The first question, unsurprisingly,Continue reading “Some tips for new WriMos”