Someone shook their head at my last post and rumbled "You might as well do the NaNoWriMo..or whatever it's called, where a bunch of folks commit to write a novel in a month." Hmmm.
I have actually given that consideration. Except that the NANO thing always struck me as counterintuitive. Don't get me wrong, I believe in writing each day, having a schedule, forcing productivity. But an entire novel in a month??? I know some people will comment that they've done it, that others have written and published from NaNoWriMo that it's been a push that made them write.
But I think the best plan is to be a careful and deliberate writer. I believe in researching a market, looking for what sells and how it sells, and then crafting something that meets what an editor is looking for. A market plan.
And besides, once someone has written that novel in a month, what do they do with it? Do they edit? Do they rewrite? Do they go back and rework it? I know there's some other group writing event where they next go and edit the damn thing in a month...but come on. I mean..come on.
If you pound out a novel or a group of novels and you aren't selling them or at least finding some interest (maybe in breaking them up and rewriting them as short stories) then I think a person needs to stop and look at the process.
There's a term we use for productivity without quality.
It's called Crap.