A At midnight on November 1, a month-long marathon begins. Participation in
this race, however, doesn’t require good run-
novel ning shoes and months of conditioning.
Instead it demands a relentless commitment
The goal of this event, called National
idea Novel Writing Month (or NaNo WriMo by the
initiated), is to finish a 50,000-word novel in
30 days. If writing an entire novel in a month
sounds daunting, then the contest is working.
“You take this sprawling, daunting, intimidating task and you basically shove it into
this absolutely impossibly short time frame,
and I think that that somehow renders it
manageable,” Chris Baty, 32, a freelance writer
from Oakland, California, and National
Novel Writing Month founder, explained to
The Washington Post. “Your inner editor is
just, like, ‘This can’t be done. I’m gonna go
someplace else.’ Which then leaves this raw,
Baty feels that tapping into one’s creative
muse is much more important than the quality of the novel at the end of the month. He
says completing the task builds a bridge back
to the creative side of the brain, which he
believes will benefit participants in all areas of
“Our novels, despite their lives.
National Novel Writing Month began in
our questionable 1993 when Baty, inspired by Peet’s Coffee (a
motives and pitiful Bay Area favorite of coffee lovers), conceived
the idea of writing a novel in a month and
experience, came out convinced 21 others to give it try. Although
OK. Not great. But difficult, the shared experience caught on. Each year since, the number of participants
not horrible either.” (known as “wrimos”) multiplies. And, with the addition of the event’s Web site, which osts a laptop-computer loan program, it has
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Talk about a
“BOOK PEOPLE ARE the best people
ever,” says Costco member Laine Keneller.
The Granite Bay, California, resident, a
project analyst for the University of
California at Davis, ought to know: She’s
one of them.
Keneller says she’s always been a reader.
That love evolved into book collecting, and
she now boasts a collection numbering 600.
Wanting to share the excitement of book
collecting with others, Keneller began toying with the idea of a game. After 10 years,
she completed Booktastic, a cross between
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WILL PE TERSON
Laine Keneller’s game, Booktastic, is
about book collecting and conversations.
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