It Can Be Deadly…
If not done with the right attitude.
What most of the people running the November challenge believe is that if you produce 50,000 words of typing, you can turn it into a story later.
They push writers to write sloppy.
And that is deadly.
The math for 50,000 words in November is not that tough to figure. Basically 1,700 words a day. That’s about two hours a day. Not hard.
So why not write a novel with those 50,000 words? Why write sloppy and then put the typing in a file and never go back to it??? Seems like a total waste of a month.
Why not instead do the best you can, write clean draft, not sloppy? Cycle to clean up stuff every 400 words or so, then hit the pace of a couple hours a day of writing and end up at the end of the month with a novel you can publish.
Nothing left sloppy as you go along. Write like your words matter.
All of you know I have nothing against challenges. But I have a great deal against a challenge that actively hurts the writers it is supposed to help. Producing a sloppy bunch of typing and then believing you will fix it later is just silly. How many writers who have hit that 50,000 words in November still have those manuscripts in files?
Most. It is a rare person who spends the time to fix sloppy.
And it makes writing fiction painful and boring and thus forces writers who might be great one day to quit.
So if you are going to take the challenge, write clean draft. Don’t write sloppy. Have something to publish when you finish.
And make the entire process fun.
And if you want a real challenge, write the 50,000 word novel in the month and publish it in the same month, meaning you have to have it done ahead of time enough to get the typos fixed and to do a cover. Now that’s a real challenge. Write and publish a book in the same month.
That challenge does not allow for sloppy writing. But it means you might have to spend three hours a day writing instead of just two.
And that, folks, is my yearly rant against the stupidity of that national November writing challenge. I just hate to see so many possible writers hurt every year.