First started out as a NaNoWriMo project. A fact that is both validating and horrifying. It’s cool because it shows that out of the dregs of the 30 day novel, something publishable can emerge, but horrifying because according to some critics, it boosts the mentality that anyone’s NaNo novel can and should be published, too.

I’ve always been an avid proponent of Nano. Even when I started way back in 2002, with my trusty old dinosaur of a computer, the prospect of finishing a novel in a month really drew me. Of course, I was a pantser, and never equated that with the horrendous amount of editing I’d have to do, but that’s another story.

I know some believe that NaNoWriMo is a bad idea, and that it makes everyone believe that they can write a book, but I disagree. I think everyone CAN write a book, and should attempt it, at least. That’s not saying every 50k manuscript should be published (I have six or seven Nano novels that will never see the light of day), but validating that first Nano novel still ranks high up there in my book.