NaNoWriMo vs. NaNoBlogMo

Hey all you NaNo-ers out there (OK, that’s really only two of you)! Blogger has just layed down the NaNo gauntlet. They’re encouraging people to participate in National Novel Writing Month and use Blogger while they’re at it.

My thoughts on the idea:

  • Maybe I’m too eager to jump on every bandwagon that comes through the neighborhood, but this sounds like a fun way to do the novel-in-a-month thing.
  • I’m not sure if the instant feedback would petrify or encourage me.
  • Perhaps I could rig the feedback to go to an e-mail account I don’t check continually.
  • I’m not sure if I’d enjoy using Blogger again (instead of Movable Type) because it’s fast and easy, or if I’d feel dumb using a free product instead of the one I paid $200 for.
  • Putting my first novel out in the public immediately seems so foolish, but I also have to believe it will be such crap as to not be worth anything. If a publishable novel did come out of it, the revision process would leave it virtually unrecognizable.
  • Why on earth would I want the world to read such crap!
  • Then again, if I have to suffer through this, maybe you should, too.
  • Blogging will probably be light in November, so posting the book in process would sort of make up for it.
  • If that’s the case, why don’t I just post it on this blog?
  • Getting to read my daily attemps at a novel also seems like better blog fodder than my other idea: a daily word count update.
  • What would foster more encouragement? A daily word count (ooh, go Kevin! You wrote 432 words today. Slacker!) or the actual product (ooh, go Kevin! You wrote the second worst piece of fiction I’ve ever read in my life!)?
  • Is it November already?
  • Blogging NaNoWriMo almost seems like a Reality TV Show. Maybe I could set up my iSight as a live web cam and charge you all to watch. Maybe Steve would write witty commentary.
  • Or not.
  • Does it seem incredibly conceited to think that people would actually want to read my unedited pile of crap? Or is it just me?
  • Or is this yet another tool in the bag of tricks designed to help me reach 50,000 words in 30 days? Because if I made a freaking blog out of my pile of crap book I’d have to finish it.
  • I’d still want to write in Microsoft Word, so are any benefits of blogging NaNoWriMo worth the time of copying and pasting my book into the appropriate entry? That’s what two, three minutes? I could crank out another 50 words in that time. Over the month that’s an entire day’s worth of writing.
  • Or maybe I should just shut up and go to bed.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo vs. NaNoBlogMo”

  1. Go to bed. Nah, forget blogger, cuz a daily update would be a bit much, imo. Instead, I’d post to THIS blog sections that you liked the most, etc. That’s probably work better, and you can give us “word count as of this week thing” whenever you do it. That’s probably what I will be doing.

    Hehe, a FREE link to iSight might be cool, so we could watch you tear your hair out in frustration. I’d be able to feel about my own writing as well. Mwahahahaha!

  2. Sorry Neals, but I don’t think I’ll take the time to post sections I like. It’s all or nothing. If you’re trying to write 1700 words per day you really don’t have time to read back through what you’ve written and find the “good” stuff (assuming there is any).

    All or nothing.

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