Every year during the month of November, I’m amazed at how divided people seem to be on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve completed and won several times, and in my opinion writing 50,000 words in one month is an exercise that more writers should experience instead of just judging it from a distance. You are not, of course, writing a novel in a month. You are writing the first draft of a novel in a month. Or, as in my case at the moment, you are writing your ideas for your novel down, even the ones that are crap and don’t work, and you are doing it under a crazy deadline, which as well all know is the only way to get shit done. I’ve crossed the 40,000 word point, so I’m not too concerned that I won’t reach the finish line on Wednesday. But I’m rereading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo) for a little motivation to make sure I get there.
What are you reading?