2 Nov

There’s something about writing fast. It’s somehow more impressive that Noel Coward could dash off Blithe Spirit or Private Lives than it would be if he’d taken a year on them. Similarly, National Novel Writing Month has something of the excitement of a race about it.
NaNoRiMo, if you’re not familiar with it, is a self-imposed challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. Thousands of people do it, some of them more than once. One friend has completed seven NaNoRiMo novels, and started on his eighth two days ago.
It’s not just amateur authors who do it. Some years the YA listserve I’m part of is full of messages of encouragement as published writers use November to complete work in progress, or even to go the whole nine yards.
For myself, I don’t seem to have the discipline to make it work for me. I’ve tried a couple of times, but didn’t write any faster, or finish anything. I thought about trying again with my WIP Like cats and Dogs, but I know what would happen. So all honor to those of you who have taken up the challenge yet again. May your words flow smoothly, may you hit your goals, and may every one of you who wants it find a publisher.

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