Is National Writing Month a Waste of Energy?

Thumbnail image for nanowrimo_05_120x240.pngNational Novel Writing Month is currently in full swing across North America. And that means thousands of people are trying their hand at writing a 175-page (50,000 word) novel from scratch, by the end of November.

But not everyone is thrilled by NaNoWriMo's efforts to motivate aspiring writers. Today, we spoke to Salon.com's literary critic Laura Miller, who recently wrote that she thinks the program is "a waste of time and energy". She believes there are too few readers in the world and that resources would be better spent cheering on reading.   

What do you think? Would the energy and time devoted to National Writing Month be better spent inspiring reading?  Does the world need more novels, or does it really need more readers?

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