What’s the Value of NaNoWriMo?

November 3, 2010 | 2

At Salon, Laura Miller protests National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a., NaNoWriMo) and its participants, saying the month-long writing marathon is a waste of time.  At the Los Angeles Times book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg disagrees.

is a staff writer and contributing editor for The Millions. She is the author of the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me, the New York Times bestselling novel, California, and Woman No. 17. She is the editor of Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers As We Never Saw Them.


  1. What a dumb response. She did not blame NaNoWriMo for the problem of too few readers & too many writers. No doubt if Kelogg wrote less & read more she’d have better comprehension skills. (Amateur diagnosis.) I couldn’t bother with the rest after that deliberate misinterpretation.

    Basically, Miller thinks the whole venture is neither here nor there but all the fundraising & gala efforts would be better served to bolstering readership rather than the neverending supply of writers that abound. Is that an idea so hard to grasp even if one disagrees? Golly.

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