I’m going to be a naysayer on NaNoWrimo.
It’s not for me. I don’t want to try and cram a novel out in a month. Sure, you can edit it afterwards, but then you could also write it at your own pace. It’s not an exam. It’s fiction. Your imagination is supposed to flow, not rush to the finish.
In the end, this is just my opinion. To the people who are participating, I say good luck. I hope you manage to write something worth publishing.
But just imagine if you wrote something every day. How many short stories could you write in a month, for example? Feasibly you could write one a week – or two, if you really put your mind to it. You could spend a month polishing them to perfection and then submit them for possible publication.
Don’t spend a month writing a novel just to be part of race – spend VALUABLE TIME, WRITING.
Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia.
Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications).
He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013.
He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association.
Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters.
* Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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