November 3, 2002 |
Chris Baty doesn't want you to write the Great American Novel. He's not even asking for the Halfway Good American Novel. Go ahead, write a book so bad that it's criminal. Just make it at least 50,000 words and in the language of your choice. Oh, one other thing. Get it done in 30 days or less. Baty is founder of National Novel Writing Month, an Internet writing endeavor in its fourth year that is expected to send thousands of would-be prose pros into creative hyperdrive this month.
October 26, 2001 |
Novel writing is a one-day event, Chris Baty believes. "As in, 'One day I'd like to write a novel,"' jokes Baty, the 28-year-old freelance writer from Oakland who founded National Novel Writing Month three years ago. NaNoWriMo, as he calls it, "solves the one-day problem by turning it into a 30-day problem." During the month of November, aspiring novelist participants must crank out a minimum of 50,000 words. Sound impossible? Well, 35 NaNoWriMo novels have been written so far.