What is NaNoWriMo?

Glad you asked.  It's National Novel Writing Month, it's now, and http://www.nanowrimo.org is where thousands of people sign up each year for the express purpose of writing a novel.

In 30 days.

For no reward.

Well, you get something.  Two things, actually.  The first (and least important) is a nice certificate saying that you wrote a novel.  The only criteria is it's has to be at least 50,000 words, and it has to be submitted and verified by NanoWriMo by Midnight on November 30th.

The second, and much larger thing, is the knowledge that you actually went out there and wrote a frickin' novel.  The point is just to write, surrounded by a community of people doing the same thing.  You can read all about it here, which can explain better than I how the approach isn't quality, but quantity: the act of putting pen to paper (or 21st Century equivalent) and just getting it on the page.

Favorite line:  "Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap."

I'm excited, nervous, and a thousand other emotions.  I'm still figuring out how to connect to my page for anyone wishing to check my progress, read excerpts, etc.  In the meantime, there's a widget in the upper-right corner of the blog that will show my word count as I update it on the site, and how far I have to go to "win" (50,000 words).

Today marks Day 1, and I haven't written a thing...yet!