I’m not looking forward to November, a lot of untalented hacks who should be doing other things (masturbating to pornography they found on the internet, for example) will be attempting to turn their hands to writing crappy novels as fast as possible.
I only mention this because I’ve actually been working on a few books (one weird-fiction, one SF, and one vanity non-fiction), off and on, for a couple of years, and I’m really happy with my slow, meticulous, loving, progress. And I think that NaNoWriMo actually cheapens the process taken by, for want of a better term, "real writers."
That’s not to say that I think writing is in any way restricted to any sort of elite few or anything like that, I just think that if you want to write, you should write, not wait for some stupid competition and then write just to reach some artificial wordcount, updating your progress daily, and frankly wasting your time ‘cos no one. in. the. world. needs another goth-vampire-faerie tale. Or story about a writer who can’t think of a real story to write, so writes a story about a writer who can’t think of a story to write. If you can’t think of a story to write, don’t. fucking. write.
Has anyone ever tried to read anything written for NaNoWriMo? These people are just going for wordcount, and it’s horrible.
So if you’re an untalented hack desperate to prove you’re more creative than you actually are, go for it!
And remember, I’m the boss of the world, and you’re just a dick with a keyboard.