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National Novel Writing Month — or better known as NaNoWriMo — should be renamed GloNoWriMo for — it has gone global to many scales!
Everyone seems to be involved via the internet and some even find it stupid — either way it has become a phenomenon of globalization to many extents.
The medium/profession of writing has become mixed things because of it
- A commercial product
- A way of learning different ideas
- A way of minimizing/maximizing the effects/nuances/qualities of writing
- A way to meet/open/expand horizons/friends and most of all WRITING
The term or catchphrase Are you NaNoing? has become quite the used sentence this November 2010 in many different chat rooms.
Just like “blog” and “blogging”, “NaNo” and “NaNoing” have become nouns and verbs – neologisms to our world.
It seems the digital Pandora of the global lifestyle has opened up this venture which has now become, from a Western innovation, to a thing that spans continents.
NaNoWriMo can be a very admirable stage for many reasons. From what I have read they want you to write a novella in a period of a month and the best gets published. In a world where writing is considered by many a dying art (a lot of recent blogs I read were concerned by this) and the nature of perceiving and feeling takes a back-seat to logic and reasoning (or the traditional standards of those) NaNoWriMo seems to bring out the world of words — resurrect the phoenix ink and make one go back to the ancient arts (seems arcane/anachronistic to many but still a passionate one for me!)
NaNoWriMo allows people to revisit the literature of the written word. That is its best ambition — and it wishes one to re-connect with the roots of creativity within a month. Explore ideas, ideologies, logic and reasoning (which is not what literature subtracts), philosophies and emotions. It can help someone recognize their voice and put it out, imprint and show it to the world.
However, NaNoWriMo may not be admirable to many. The art of writing does not usually register length — masterpieces may be written in less than 200 words and be completely incoherent to the norm of language standards. NaNoWriMo wants a novella thus delivers a standard word limit. This may not AT ALL appeal to many writers even those who are considered amateurs and unpublished. To them writing may be complete anarchy to system and rules and regulations but NaNoWriMo gives out the word limit rule — to them it may not stimulate creativity rather butcher it with this focus to words. Thus “what’s written” may become seconded to “how much is written” which is the dread of many writers.
Also NaNoWriMo is a competition and so — according to the judges the “best” will win. Can we measure the best amongst the entries? This may really be the uncertainty to many writers. Aside from words what style is being used and what topic/elements may come into play — not to mention if a novella was a good choice for your story’s plot to begin with — this may inhibit many writers for signing up or just inhibit their voice and creativity in general.
The final qualm of NaNoWriMo may be that it is a commercial tool to many. It says you have to write in a period of a month and that is all. Some writers may think it is forcing creativity for monetay benefits and to those who feel they don’t tilt to the mainstream or to those set notions of writing NaNoWriMo may be an excuse to be writing in the first place. Furthermore, it may, to them, just produce more trashy works than novel ones.
For me — I am neutral on it — I have only heard of NaNoWriMo recently and I guess the sites’ publicity and machinations concerning it piqued my interests.
Many people are benefiting from NaNoWriMo — as writers they may be generating more discipline and ideas than EVER BEFORE. Some may even be getting better at their craft and making new friends along the way as sites which cater to writing and focus on it are catalysing the experience with chat rooms,forums, etcetera.
So, like science fiction, the NaNoMACHINES are either us being productive or becoming madder by the minute — we might have transformed ourselves to NaNoMACHINES for the better or like second-hand smoking be infected by the word-making-critters.
Well let’s see how the month turns out.
For Those Who are NaNoing Let Allah Almighty Be With You Guys And Good Luck To Future Promise!