We admit it wasn't all quality (and we did have two guest bloggers!) but for the most part we think we had a pretty good month. And it's got to be better than some of the NaNoWriMo "novels" people have been posting. (Oh shit, did we say that? No offense). If anything, it got us more motivated and inspired us to write more. We couldn't think of a better way to have spent our anniversary month.
A quick trip to the official NaNoWriMo (which is annoying as hell to type, by the way) website tells us a couple of interesting things.
How do you win? Are there judges? What are the prizes?
The way to win NaNoWriMo is by writing 50,000 words by midnight on November 30. Every year, there are many, many winners. There are no "Best Novel" or "Quickest-Written Novel" awards given out. All winners will get an official "Winner" web icon and certificate.
How do you define "novel?" Does fan fiction count? What if I want to write interconnected short stories rather than a novel? What if my story is largely autobiographical, or is based on a real person? Can I still write it in November?
We define a novel as "a lengthy work of fiction." Beyond that, we let you decide whether what you're writing falls under the heading of "novel." In short: If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too.
We're not going to bother to go back and count, but we're going to assume that we wrote 50,000 words this month. So if we truly believe in our hearts that Evil Slutopia was a novel in November (hell, let's call it EvSluBloNo), do you think we've got a shot at one of those nifty "Winner" web icons?
Okay, okay, enough jokes at the expense of NaNaNaNaHeyHeyHeyGoodbye. It's a wonderful project. We're actually thinking about writing our own novel next year. Well, not really. But the good news is, while we might not manage to post something to the blog every day in December (hey, we have shopping to do!) this has inspired us to write more and more... so we think we'll have a pretty good run next month as well. 2007 has been amazing and we're looking forward to 2008.
Thanks again to everyone for reading and commenting and emailing and promoting us... We love and appreciate all the support we've gotten this first year online and we hope you continue to read. Also, you can still add us on myspace and live journal or get an invite to our message forum by sending us a quick email. And don't forget, it's still not too late to enter our first ever "Dare the ESC" contest!