For the NaNoWriMo-ers and Those Who Say “Say WHAT?”

By Holly Lisle

Starting on November 1st, be sure to check out the NaNoWriMo boards, and look for folks wearing the following badge:

The NaNoWriMo loons get together once a year to write a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) in a month, and Forward Motion members have been a strong force for this particular brand of nuttiness for the last few years. To find out more about FM and the NaNo-nauts (or nuts?), read Crazy People Alert! NaNo is about to start and NaNoWriMo and those who just don’t get it.

And then join in the cheering. The NaNo threads are always some of my favorites.

I love the concept of NaNoWriMo, and I delight in the way that it encourages people to leap in and let go of their inhibitions and write the book. It’s a terrific annual event, and I am always on a friggin’ deadline and so never get to play. But I wrote Sympathy for the Devil (60,000 words) in a month, so I at least know that if I ever get the chance to join up, I’ll have a chance of producing something I really like. (SFTD retaining its number one spot in my favorites of the things I’ve written, even after all these years.)

So I’ll start the cheering now. Go get ’em, guys!

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