website. This is one of the most challenging writing challenges I've ever taken on and somehow, despite the stress, I have a blast with it. It's very motivating to be sweating out word count deadlines with hundreds of thousands of others and very freeing to completely abandon my inner editor and just write at a breakneck speed. The outcome isn't always spectacular, but having done it twice -- I have one novel I really like (and my daughters love) and a second that's pretty cruddy, but taught me a lot. Not bad. There are a number of novelists who wrote their books during NANOWRIMO, including Sara Gruen who wrote Water for Elephants one dark November.
This year I'm extra geared up because I'm teaching a Creative Writing class that has already begun a 10-week version of Nano with a goal of 15,000 words. They're waiting for me to put my money where my mouth is and get started too. So, now all I need is a plot.... any ideas?