Not long now ...

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. The kick off party is organised, the nervous emails are starting to arrive, the confident writers have begun to twitch with the desire to get started, and in just a few days we'll be on the adventure of a lifetime (okay, of a year!) writing our novels in a month!

There's something very exciting about such a group effort. There's the pleasure of catching up with writers I haven't seen all year, and the equal pleasure of getting to know new ones who've signed up for the first time. There's the awful moment where the words dry up and I wonder if I'm going to be able to complete my commitment to lead Brighton (and Hove actually) to success by writing my own novel and encouraging them to write theirs. And the moment of sheer joy when the words start to flow again. There's the Word War (which we inevitably lose) and the sitting down to read the various sections posted by other writers and to enjoy their creativity.

What more could you ask in a cold, wet, November?