Whether the book I’m working on this month gets done or not, the folks at NaNoWriMo are determined to do all they can to fan the flame. Couple times a week an email comes from the local ‘wri-mo’s’, someone in the ‘home office’ (no foolin’–they even sell t-shirts) or some writer they’ve conscripted to inspire the troops; there are gatherings where budding novelists can go to be with others similarly engaged, and resources to draw on if you need a nudge.
Something else that’s great about this tribe: the people at WriMo central are absolutely convinced that writing a novel in a month is a perfectly fine way to spend your time; they think this is exactly what you should be doing (that is, if you like writing, have long believed you had a book in you, are not previously committed to, say, med school, etc.). But they’re not pushy; there’s no guilt-tripping or finger-wagging. It’s more ‘invitational’, a hearty ‘try it, you’ll like it’ sort of attitude, with the promise that each step of the way, you walk in the company of friends.
Brilliant. Almost, ecclesiastical.