Writer Examines Quantity Against Quality in 30-Day Writing Challenge

Good evening! Quality v. Quantity – how important is this issue? Very!  Let’s start with a process of elimination – Fact: we already know that 50,000 words meet the QUANTITY test – actually, even if you don’t WIN (Yet, I have faith that you WILL!) If you get just slightly close to this GOAL – give yourself permission to claim individual success in QUANTITY during this writing challenge! At the end of November – when you receive your WINNER certificate – give yourself an A+ for QUANTITY! However, QUALITY — Aye! This is a challenge of its own! Webster defines QUALITY as, “high-grade; superiority; excellence” – How does this apply to words? One could simply write, “I am writing a 50,000 word-count novel in a 30-day writing exercise challenge.” – then choose to repeat this sentence numerous times until reaching a decided writing GOAL! — Enter ETHICS! Yes, I feel that this challenge is also a TEST in ETHICS! We are challenged – Not just to produce 50,000 words in 30 days – but to masterfully design these words in a manner that results in a creative novel. If one should intentionally dump 50,000 incompatible words into NaNoWriMo’s word-count validator at the end of this novel challenge – then one would only be cheating themselves out of an amazing writing experience – and would also seriously fail the QUALITY test – Yes, one may gain a WINNER’s Certificate – but Fail the ethics Test as a result of poor QUALITY – Only you will know – because no one will see these words – except you – unless you decide to shop your manuscript. Please, don’t allow QUALITY to scare you! Adding QUALITY to your plan can only result in a positive NaNoWriMo outcome! I feel strongly that each of us will produce a QUALITY – 50,000 word-count novel that we will be proud to present. An excellent benefit to passing the QUALITY test is that it decreases the amount of editing we will need to complete before presenting our manuscript – if we should choose traditional publishing.  Only 13 Days – 3 Hours – and 56 minutes before we begin ‘Word 1’ of our 50,000 word-count novel challenge….happy planning!

© Daily Writer Girl 10/18/2016

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