on Fiction University:
It’s October, and that means November is right around the corner. And for a lot of writers, November means one thing. The arrival of National Novel Writing Month – the challenge to write a 50,000-word novel starting November first and finishing by the thirtieth.
I’ve “won” NaNoWriMo ten times since I first heard of it in 2002. I’ve not won six times. But for me, the best thing about NaNoWriMo is stuffing the inner editor on a shelf for thirty beautiful days and just writing to finish.
Some people love the revision process – I’m one of those writers who prefers the first draft process to what comes after. So NaNoWriMo works for me. Every year, I try to fast-draft a novel during November (and have done Camp NaNoWriMo a couple other times of the year!).