Okay, folks. You’ve got nine days left in NaNoWriMo. How close are you?
As Steph mentioned before she left us, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Or, as I like to think of it, the reason literary agents are deluged with submissions in January.
It’s a concept I think is great and tons of fun. I think that oftentimes, folks just need to write to see if they have a natural gift for it. And other times, it’s just freeing to purge your thoughts onto the page and see what comes out. You never know where you might find a gem.
I do grumble every year when the most aggressive participants whip out query letters for their still warm (because it’s half-baked) new novel in the first week of December. And sure, looking at the website and seeing that over 2 BILLION words have already been logged this month makes me wonder if I’ll be totally swamped come winter. Hints of curmedgeonly nature aside, it actually makes me incredibly optimistic knowing how much work is being done.
Now we just need National Novel Reading Month!