In November, writers around the world throw sanity to the winds and challenge themselves to write 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), sweating and stressing for 30 days. Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.
For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the noveling hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.
Caro Kinkead has been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2002, and can boast of more wins than losses when word counts are tallied on November 30. But it’s the years she didn’t make her 50,000 word goal which she feels offer the greatest lessons. Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness grows out of the wins and the losses of over a dozen NaNoWriMos, not telling you how to grab the winner goodies, but offering advice to help your 30 days be not just about getting the words on the page, but making writing an on-going part of your life.