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If You Want to Write a Novel, There’s No Time Like November

National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, begins again this Thursday, November 1st. It’s a month-long journey into the experience of speed fiction, and tens of thousands (perhaps more?) have participated to date. “The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” Loads of people do it, and they love it. The idea is to focus on quantity, not quality, and to come to the end and say: “hey, I wrote a novel.”

NaNoWriMo was founded by Chris Baty, who also came up with my nickname, Sairy. He’s a friend from high school and he now runs the nonprofit, the Office of Letters and Light, which manages NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, and more based in Oakland. Chris also authored No Plot? No Problem! the handbook and kit for writing novels quickly. Chris is a brilliant writer, and NaNoWriMo has enjoyed significant success to date.

In any case, if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, this is a great environment – supportive, fun, and low key. Best wishes to everyone who participates in NaNoWriMo this year!