I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year thinking it would be a good distraction from the submission and editing process. I had my idea semi-plotted out, a new laptop loaded up with Scrivner, and a month’s supply of chocolate-covered coffee beans. Now, I’m not so sure it’s the best format for me to write.
There is a group of Cape Cod NaNo Writers who meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the local coffee house. They are an amazingly inspiring bunch of women who are fun to laugh and write with. What I am not so sure about is what they fondly refer to as “Word Wars.” You get thirty minutes to simply write as much and whatever you want, and then they total it up and log the words. Apparently they have a little word contest going with the Western part of the state.
I can easily hack out 1600 words in a ½ hour. Problem is they are crap. None of it is salvageable; I would have to edit, revise, and even delete entire passages to make any of it work. The other issue is that I am a constant editor/reviser. Being a panster and not a plotter, I frequently have to go back multiple chapters to make a “new idea” flow.
So here’s my dilemma. I love being in the company of other writers, and I love the atmosphere. (Nothing like rich coffee and over-priced pastry to get my creative juices flowing) And there is nothing like being able to sigh, look up, and say “I need another word for poor, but it has to reflect sad and hopelessness as well” and having four people shout out destitute. Do you think it would be completely rude of me to partake in their write-in, but not partake in their word wars???