This morning I made myself late for work by signing up for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which starts next November 1. Each November since 1999, a group of people register for NaNoWriMo and attempt to write a 50,000 word draft of a novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. According to the website, last year more than 100,000 people registered, and more than 15,000 people actually completed the 50,000 words (and yes, NaNoWriMo counts every word — I’m told they have special machines that sort the words into piles nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc., and then the words themselves are counted by a team of accountants from PriceWaterhouse).
2008 will be my first year for NaNoWriMo. If there are any Wrimos who have good advice for a newbie, please leave it in the comments.