Today is the last day of National Novel Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo (as it’s lovingly called by its followers) is to write 50,000 words in just 30 days. Crazy? Yes. But people do it. Their site says,
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
The only reason I know about this, is because of Iowa City’s Little Village magazine where five writers have been sharing the novel-writing duty and livin’ the dream. You can take a peek at their November accomplishments on their blog.
And then there’s also the design companion to this madness: 30 Covers, 30 Days challenged these designers to each grab a day and produce one book cover in 24 hours. Ahhh, productivity at its finest. Check ’em out.
day thirty; Rodrigo Corral