My essay, "A Case Against NaNoWriMo," went live over at the Submittable blog today. Many thanks to Asta So for accepting the piece, Rachel Mindell for the smart edits and Josh Quick for the awesome illustration.
There’s a reason I try to hold my tweets, to limit the shots I take at NaNoWriMo participants. I’m no expert writer or teacher; I have no right to advise. Each of our creative processes feels unconventional and unique, because it is. But for many writers, serious or fledgling, trying to write so much so quickly is a stunting mistake. NaNoWriMo can be as dangerous as it is enticing, the potential for failure and frustration more likely than the chances of walking into December with your magnum opus under your arm.