It’s almost that time of year again! When all of your friends say “Hey, I should write a novel!”
Naturall, National Novel Writing Month… or NANOWRIMO: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
The best thing to do, obviously, is dissuade every young person from writing. Because, honestly, there are too many writers and books, already, right? Why can’t we just take some time off from writing books? There are already too many to read. We can resume in thirty or forty years.
For the next thirty days, I challenge you to discourage your friends to write! No, seriously! Whether they have a blog or are working on a novel or even if they were poets… discourage them from making any literary progress at all. You too should stop writing. Just stop.
No… just stop writing. There are probably so many books already published that yours won’t even matter. It won’t make a dent in anyone’s life. It will sit anonymously, lonely on a shelf in some rundown used book store. It will sell out of print and not be re-printed. Haven’t we exhausted the explanation of the human spirit by now? I mean, really? Haven’t we?
If you are an aspiring writer, I implore you with a full heart to stop trying. Put down your pen, close your laptop, burn your journals, shred your poems, forget your stories.
Why don’t you go do something more productive? Where will writing get you?
You could catch up on Season 15 of South Park instead. You could weave a basket: aren’t baskets better than books? And believe me, you will have an easier time selling a basket than a book.
Well, there is an off-chance you’ll write something semi-good. And sure, it won’t change the world, but it might change one person. It might speak to just one little human being. What you write about, how you write, they might be affected by that. They might finally be able to verbalize their feelings through your immaculate paragraphs.
But you should probably not even try. It might not get you anywhere. Sure, you CAN change the world, but what’s the point, right?