National Novel Writing Month, more affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, started its fifteenth year last night/this morning at midnight. You have a month to write a 50,000-word novel—just creating, no editing or backtracking—and you’ve got 200,000 people working alongside you on their own passion projects. A wonderful component of NaNo is the public “write-ins” with your fellow novelists in your town, or online with other writers. There’s nothing like a shared goal to inspire you.
It also helps that there are a number of success stories where NaNo drafts eventually became published novels. And would you believe me if I told you that one of them was adapted into a 2011 movie starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson?