December 30, 2001 |
There were no book contracts for "winners" of this event, just a gold paper crown and cold beer for finishers who attended the Thank God It's Over party in San Francisco--one of a dozen held worldwide. Of the more than 5,000 who tried, about 700 wrote their way to the finish line of National Novel Writing Month in November ("Releasing Their Inner Novelist" Oct. 26). With e-mail files as proof, they succeeded in writing 50,000 words, many of them just minutes before the midnight deadline on Nov.
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.