National Novel Writing Month begins very soon and I’m here to remind you why the gorgeous garbage Nano draft is worth all this effort.
Ask anyone who had the courage to go back and read their nano drafts and they’ll tell you: that stuff is rough. In fact, I consider my nano draft, the draft before the actual rough draft.
For the new and disheartened and the experienced and disheartened, you’re probably wondering: “If the draft made from Nanowrimo is always so terrible, why bother with a nano draft at all? Why bother with Nanowrimo?” There are plenty of reasons, many of which I’ve probably never heard of, but I’m gonna try and name a few here.
- It exists
It’s more than you would have written otherwise, and that’s a nice feeling, garbage or not.
- Nowhere to go but up
Lots of people are intimidated by the editing process, where to start, or just how to effectively edit in general. With a nano draft, many may find it a lot less harrowing because heck, starting from anywhere will create some kind of improvement.
- Help connect the dots
Got a cool idea but no idea how to get from A-Z or B-G or just L-M? Something about sitting down and saying ‘screw it I just need 1100 more words today’ can help make some of those dots magically connect. On that note,
- It’s the dirt the seed grows in
As someone who’s first Nano win came from an idea they got 3 days before start of Nano, sometimes that Nano draft is the best type of early development (ever had two people become one person, one person become two people, and have three people’s names and ages change at least twice? All throughout a single draft? I have and the outline for the draft after that is all the stronger for it).
- It’s fun
Nanowrimo focuses a great deal on quantity over quality, so when you sit down and turn off your inner editor for the most part, you can just enjoy the act of writing.
Remember, it’s a novel DRAFT not the finished novel, so it’s allowed to suck as much as it wants. So let your Nano draft be the garbage it’s meant to be. After all, compost helps gardens grow.