Ah, we arrive at Monday again; how was yours? Well, Literary Cobblestones is here to sidetrack you with some NaNoWriMo inspiration, featuring some words of wisdom from Eugene Ionesco.
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What does NaNoWriMo mean for the publishing industry? Graeme McMillan, over at Time, published a piece in 2012 regarding NaNoWriMo and the opinion of some of the people in the industry: “NaNoWriMo: Is National Novel Writing Month a Literary Threat or Menace?” Here’s a quick excerpt: “Neither Miller nor Sarath seems to credit writers with the ability or inclination to go back to rework or edit their work after the November 30th deadline to turn a first draft born out of unfettered creativity into something more sculpted, coherent or just simply complete. There’s a snobbery at play in that assumption — that if anyone who uses the framework of NaNoWriMo as motivation to write doesn’t have the same “need” to do as other authors do, or the same level of skill.”
How not to survive NaNoWriMo. There is an abundance of writing tips concerning what to do to make the month a success, but the OxfordWord Blog, hosted by Oxford University Press, offers a list of what not to do during NaNoWriMo: “8 Way to Fail at NaNoWriMo.” My favorite is number four, “Get too obsessed with greatness”: “I recall the day (aged about 24) when I realized that it was unlikely I’d ever be a child prodigy. I’ve come to terms with that crushing blow, more or less, but I’m still apt to wander along my bookshelves past Austen, Dickens, and Woolf, and get despondent about the fact that my name won’t go down in the annals of history as one of the All Time Greats. That’s ok: there are plenty of other authors out there too.”
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That’s it for today, Cobblers. As always, read on.