Writing a NaNoWriMo Novel Like...

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I swear to all that's holy and otherwise, I don't know why I do this to myself every year. Half the time it feels like I'm just belching out soulless word vomit and then I have to go back in and try to find something salvageable. I know some people love writing like this, but...how?

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  1. Whine all you like.
    Writing like that is incomprehensible to me. I. simply. couldn't. do. it.
    And wish anyone with more drive/talent/courage than me every success.

    1. My problem is--and I'm not saying this is true of everyone who does it, just of me--it feels like I'm not incorporating much talent or creativity at all. The goal is to write a complete novel in 30 days, but what I end up with is usually something where I just want to throw it into a fire. I looked at the NaNoWriMo novel I wrote in 2011 to see if I might be up to editing it. No dice. I still want to throw it into a fire.
      It's kind of like all the other things that I've done in my life where I hated it but kept doing it to prove that it wouldn't best me. Such as distance running. I hate distance running. When I was young and had a body that actually worked, I was good at burst running, i.e. sprints. I always sucked at distance running. But I got it into my head to prove that I could do better at it and LEARN TO LOVE IT, BY GUM!
      I never did learn to love it. One good thing about being disabled is I can't force myself to go distance running.
      Going to nursing school is another example. It was my mother's insistence that I needed to prove that I could finish something. I hated nursing school. Then again, I don't know anyone who's ever said they liked nursing school. There are people who say they like NaNoWriMo. Obviously, they are wired differently than I am.


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