We Wrimos get pep talks every day during November (and beyond). Catherynne M. Valente (who?), James Patterson (oh, I know him), Rainbow Rowell (who?). Today's is from Patrick Rothfuss, another who? for me and an author whose genre I normally read only if I'm stranded in an airport and I've already read everything else in the bookstore.
I'm not kidding. I haven't read Games of Thrones. No plans to remedy that. The TV series is enough for me.
But Pat is wise. So much, indeed, that I might give the first book of his trilogy a try (assuming I can find it in this literary poverty zone that is my island).
Why am I impressed? 'Cause he's a rule-breaker. And 'cause he proposes that NaNo isn't about winning. At least, not just about winning.
I give you one line:
"Writing good stories is why we're all here, right?"
Most of the people that bash NaNo do so because spewing out 50K words in 30 days (and nights) has disturbing similarities with projectile vomit. They're probably right. I mean, follow agents on Twitter and see them cringe thinking about the queries they'll receive come December.
Read Pat's whole pep talk here.