Why I love NaNoWriMo

We're nearly at the middle of the month and at least half a dozen of Brighton's novelists have cruised past the halfway point (25,000 words) and entered the home straight. Others are struggling a bit, or a lot.

I get to share all the highs and lows, surprising developments, unlikely plot departures, soul-destroying computer crashes and ebullient 'look at my word count, ain't it great' messages. And it reminds me that when I'm moping around the place, wishing I had more income, or that agents would recognise the beauty of my prose and accept my novel instead of sending it back to me by return post, I am still one of the tiny proportion of writers who are making money from writing fiction - and I love every minute of it.