November is National Novel Writing Month. Among the observant of those of us here, it is traditionally the pre-holiday ritual to generate a novel of 50,000 words in the 30 days from November 1 to November 30. NaNoWriMo, the project, was started in the 90s by a couple of people in San Francisco. It has since become international in scope. The goal is something dear to my heart: writing, just doing it. The point is not to create a brilliant work (although if you do, that's a nice side benefit), it's to sit down, every single day, and write, until you have finished your novel. If you complete your novel, you win.
In 2008, 119,000 people signed up on NaNoWriMo's website, Nanowrimo.org, with 21,720 winners. Altogether, the writers generated over 1,643,343,993 words. This year, I think the only two people here who are doing it are me and Alicia (tho she hasn't signed up yet, it looks like--get on that!), and Shakespeare & Co. alum Mordicai, out in the internet aether is also joining us in spirit. Join us! Anyone with a writerly bent will be glad they did.