NaNoWriMo and The Great Automatic Grammatizator

If you haven’t read Roald Dahl’s book of short stories, entitled The Umbrella Man, you should. You should, especially, read The Great Automatic Grammatizator. I’ve been considering NaNoWriMo, but I keep feeling this little niggle of desperation inside. What happens if, year after year, thousands upon thousands of would-be writers crank out entire novels in a month’s time? Well, it’s got to be a little like Knipe’s machine.

For those who haven’t read the above-mentioned story, the brilliant Knipe (a would-be writer, himself) invents a machine that automatically creates custom-made short stories and novels. These days, with all of the online writing classes available, the rules available in a-b-c order, and the methods drawn into neat little diagrams, writing novels could easily be programmed into a machine.

If I didn’t appreciate the enthusiasm involved in numerous writers frantically cranking out page after page of text, almost in a communal sense, I wouldn’t bother with it. I’d shrug in disgust (in attempt at masking that niggling feeling of desperation).


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