It’s almost November, and everywhere, novelists and want to be novelists are preparing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write an entire novel (50,000 words) in a single month. I will not be participating.
It has nothing to do with needing to write 1667 words per day. I could do that in 2-3 hours. It has to do with my process. Even if I think I know where the story is going when I start, it rarely follows the map. True, NaNoWriMo is about volume, not quality, but the novel still needs internal cohesion.