If you’ve been following this blog, you know how much I love NaNoWriMo. I participated for the first time in 2009, and I’ve “won” every year since. (Winning is an odd thing to call the completion of the event, unless you’ve been through it. And then you understand how very much surviving this month deserves to be called a “win”).

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a 50,000+ word novel in the month of November. It’s brutal and intensely rewarding. Three of my novels were written during NaNo (Half Way Home, The Hurricane, and Third Shift). In 2012, I used NaNo to write Wools 2, 3, and 4.

This past November, I heard from Grant Faulkner, who runs the entire shebang. He had heard that Wool was written during a NaNo, and I filled him in with the details. He then asked if I would write a blog for NaNo 2012. I was more than delighted. Once he read what I wrote, he realized the blog entry wasn’t nearly good enough to run during NaNo, but maybe he could publish it in February when nobody was looking. I was even more delighted!

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