Whew! What a ride that was. Official details very soon, maybe within a week or two. That will allow us to finish the Covers That Weren’t series and get down to the business of asking people to read.
Official credits will come, too. Because we haven’t done this alone. Not by far.
It all has us thinking. The fact that the author dated the manuscript April 2012 — combined with the fact that it’s late October and we’re just now ready to talk shop — sort of belies this program, no?
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
Don’t misunderstand us. Encouraging aspiring writers to write is not in itself a bad thing. But nothing about this process takes a month.
PS: This post is chock-full of double spaces, which our proofreader delicately reminds us are not printer-friendly. Stop the press!