I wonder what it is about NaNo that makes people think that drafts have to be 50 000 words long. I mean, I announced my completing a story draft, wanting to share my joy with others who would understand.
… Uhm… seems I made a slight wrong assumption on that count. Although you ladies and gents who read my blogs are overwhelmingly supportive, twitter and NaNo wasn’t as much.
Not that the people there were mean or anything, but they keep commenting on my 18k shortfall. Or saying I should do whatever I can to pad the story and win.
All I want to know is why? NaNo is about writing a rough draft that can be worked into something more. So if I got to that point at 10k, I would have made the same announcement. Or any other number. If I hadn’t found the right formula, I would have kept going to 50k. But no. My lucky number for this story was 32k. It’s done.
Why will I mess around with backstory and all sorts of nonsense in search of 18k I don’t need? It’s a waste of time, if I’m honest.
It just puzzles me in the same way the issue’s cousin has me scratching my head. Why do some writers thing their way is the only way to write?
It’s the best way for them, yes. But why would that give them a reason to look down their noses at every single other method out there. And trust me. There are as many methods as there are writers.
Why must everyone conform to a single way of doing things? Doesn’t that defeat the object of artistic expression?