“I love to write and I assure you I write regularly … But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.” — from the desk of J.D. Salinger
November is National Novel Writing Month. Weirdly, the group doing the project doesn’t have a mission statement, an FAQ, or an About Us on their website (come on guys, its 2011) but basically ‘NaNoWriMo’ is a writing challenge encouraging the world at large to write 50,000 words this month….
i’m on team bukowski but also am doing NaNoWriMo. the thing is, it’s been relatively easy, because it DOES burn in me and force its way out of me. NaNoWriMo just gives me a place to put it.Source: philolzophy
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
so. i’ve verbally committed to writing a novel this november. uh. let’s see how this goes…?
You have said that writing is a hostile act; I have always wanted to ask you why.
It’s hostile in that you’re trying to make somebody see something the way you see it, trying to impose your idea, your picture. It’s hostile to try to wrench around someone else’s mind that way. Quite often you want to tell somebody your dream, your nightmare. Well, nobody wants to hear about someone else’s dream, good or bad; nobody wants to walk around with it. The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream."