The management would like to apologize for not running this during November. Trying to write novels really does get in the way of managing a blog.
As many of you know, there are a good number of NaNoWriMo participants among the Subterfuge members. I never really thought people who were disinterested in this event paid it much attention. Because, well…its something to do for fun and for novelty (no pun intended). By adhering to their guidelines, you can write that novel (or novella, really) that you’ve always planned on writing. Or, at least, you can attempt. Rather than putting it off. They cheer you on, you get motivational e-mails from established and well-known authors, there are write-ins at libraries, cafes, bookstores, and other places. Other participants cheer you on. There are helpful forums right on the official site for you to get encouragement, ideas, and whatnot. People work together, having word wars in chat to see who can write the most in spurts for a specific amount of time until you adjourn for another day. It’s a community with thousands of members. Some finish, some don’t. Some write brilliantly, others mediocre, and yes some people write crap. Some people do get published, others do not. Nobody is promised that they will be published. Nobody is promised that they will write an awesome novella. They are there just to try, for fun, for sport, out of boredom, to prove they can achieve a finished novella, or in hopes to really get published. But, no promises are made. And, everyone going into NaNoWriMo is aware exactly of what they’re going into. Every amateur author is already aware they are an amateur, but they try because they can and this is a perfect opportunity to do so where you can feel as if you are not alone in your attempt.
However, there are apparently some people who seek to disparage these authors. Who seek to tear down NaNoWriMo itself. Why do they do this? Well, I don’t know. I haven’t got that answer. I think its an awful lot of time to take out of your day to tear down something you profess to think is a waste of time in and of itself, anyway. But, everyone is entitled to their opinion. No matter how poorly written and researched.
One such person happens to be a Salon contributor, by the name of Laura Miller. I do not usually bother to make commentary on what authors of other sites say. But, as you here on Subterfuge know…I do once in a while lower myself and alleviate my boredom/amusement/outrage (not necessarily in that order) by doing so. And here I will do it again.
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