on Jane Friedman site:
On the off-chance you aren’t acquainted with the acronym, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month, so about now, around the country and across the world, writers are sharpening pencils and clearing off kitchen tables. They’re preparing loved ones to do without them for 30 straight days or at least until Thanksgiving. And if they’re smart, they’re using October to do the prep work: character development, narrative arc, settling on setting, and so forth.
If NaNoWriMo is new to you, here’s a little history: The annual event has been around for 23 years. It was launched in 1999 by writer Chris Baty, and the challenge began with a group of 21 writers in the San Francisco Bay area. No telling how many of them finished what they started, but they must have talked it up.
By the second year, the dedicated…
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