I had to double check my calendar when I started seeing posts pop up on blogs (like from author Jackson Pearce or literary agent Nathan Bransford) about NaNoWriMo. But then I realized . . . Yep! November really is less than two weeks away. And if you're going to spend the month pounding out a 50,000 word novel it's not a bad idea to start psyching yourself up.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Last year, 167,150 people officially participated in the writing frenzy, and 32,178 of them were winners. (You're a winner if you complete the 50,000 words.)
The NaNoWriMo website has an amusing "why" section—as in why would you write nearly 2,000 words a day for a month:
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work. [Ed note: Take that Jonathan Franzen!]
Are any readers of The Book Case participating? I also posted about NaNoWriMo last year. Were any of you winners in 2009?