What’s NaNoWriMo, you ask? This is the abbreviated name for National Novel Writing Month, an annual challenge posed by the fine folks at the Office of Letters and Light (OLL), to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Daunting, difficult, daring? Yes, yes, and yes. I’ve tried twice and accomplished twice, in 2008 and 2012. In fact, Milked was born out of the rough draft I wrote in 2012, and I absolutely have the OLL to thank for the panic-inducing deadlines and the thrill of victory.
I was very honored that the NaNoWriMo folks invited me to write for their blog series about preparing for November and how to find inspiration when battling writer’s block. I challenged writers to make a list of reasons of why one would want to spend time with the story’s protagonist. After all, if you expect a reader to devote a book’s worth of time to your characters, you should certainly be able to provide fantastic reasons for doing so! You can find my blog post here.