November, if you didn't know, is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is that people around the world dedicate the month to actually writing a novel. I've participated over the past three years and have just signed up to participate again in 2010.
Now, you may be wondering, is it really possible to write a novel in a month? And, is it a good thing to write a novel in only a month? You may even be wondering, does the world need any more novels? Aren't there enough people churning out novels already without this encouragement?
The answer to the first question is yes, it is certainly possible to write a novel in a month. The emphasis on NaNoWriMo is writing the novel, not polishing, honing, and editing it. My novel (not yet published) Paid For Princess, written in a month (but edited over several more) has won a writing contest and placed in others.
The answer to the second question is, maybe. Is it good to write a novel in a month? WEll, it can be fairly consuming. If you have better things to do, maybe you should do them. This is a general rule of writing, by the way. If you've got something better to do, do that instead. Writing is a fairly painful way to spend your life with, in most cases, pitiful financial reward.
Does the world need more novels? Well, I can't ready all the novels out there, so in a sense the answer is no. But in another sense, I get a huge joy out of finding a new novel, a new author. I think the world needs another Jasper Fforde novel, another Terry Pratchett novel, and of course, more novels by Rob Preece, Amy Eastlake, Robyn Anders and the other BooksForABuck.com authors (if you don't know why I name those three in particular, ask and I'll tell you).
If you've always thought you'd write a novel some day, maybe NaNoWriMo is what you need to give you that kick in the pants. And if you're already a writer, it can be very motivating to get together with other writers, sit down and just write like crazy. I'm looking forward to it and I haven't even decided what I'm going to write.
I'm going to make QUEST FOR THE TALISMAN by Michael Faris the www.BooksForABuck.com book of the day. A brave airship crew sets off in a search for a mysterious artifact...one that may just determine the fate of their planet. Only $3.99. Here's the link: http://www.booksforabuck.com/sfpages/sf_03/dooda.html. Here's the cover: