I just wrote a novel in 30 days. To be more specific, I wrote 94,232 words in 30 days. That's not as many as I wrote last year - something closer to 114,000 in 20 days, and then another 20k by the end of November (on the sequel). Still, 94k isn't too bad.
What did I write? Surely it was absolute crap. Surely it wasn't worth reading.
Surely I feel sorry for my friends who asked to read it and whose requests were obliged. Ha.
Well, to be honest, I think the writing was around about average. It could be better (and will be, with all the editing it'll undergo), but it could also be a lot worse. I had a great idea, not a new idea to be sure, but a great one, and I managed to finish the story, a story that has been buzzing around annoying me for probably close to a decade. Well, maybe longer than a decade.
There are a lot of criticisms out there about National Novel Writing Month and how it supposedly demeans "real" writers. My question to those offended "real" writers is...why do you care so much if people are making a mockery out of your profession? How is NaNoWriMo damaging you, unless you're just feeling threatened.
It may be true that a lot of NaNoWriMo novels are absolute crap, but so are a lot of other novels that get published. I've read some of the suckiest. Not naming names. Or titles.
Anyway, the original question I asked was: is NaNoWriMo evil? And my answer? I don't think!
I think stifling creativity is evil!