People praise this process for several reasons. The three that come to mind are: 1 – the supportive online NaNoWriMo Community, 2 – the deadline, 3 – the fact that this program encourages writers to ‘just keep writing’ and discourages editing – which often turns into OVER-editing during the drafting stage.
For me NaNoWriMo is all about the deadline – my first draft is going to require a MAJOR rewrite anyway, so might as well get it out as quickly as possible. Once the story is all there, it’s easier to play with prose and dialogue.
I was completely fanatical about this program, until I realized that when I’m drafting, every month for me is like NaNoWriMo – trying to fit as many words into a day as possible after eight hours of work, maintaining a social existence, and cleaning the apartment.
- “My characters are supposed to be my puppets. But somehow...I've turned into theirs....” Participant April Brown
- “Remember that chapter in The Grapes of Wrath that talks about nothing but a turtle crossing the road? I wonder if that was Steinbeck, trying to get his NaNoWriMo word count total up?” Participant Debra Kreps
- “Writing this fast won't be nearly as fun anymore when I don't have a little box to constantly update my word count.” – Participant Rachael Fox
- “Some people don't need the added incentive to sit down and write, some don't need the insta-community of like-minded folks because they already have a support system. But others need to have that opportunity to, for one month, put writing first and have a community of folks doing the same -- reinforcing the decision.” Author Carrie Ryan (2006 Participant)
- “No editing. Don’t go back and fix it. Insert a comment and move on.” –Author Deanna Knippling