This, of course, stands for my own writing practice: Me No Write Much in November. Congrats to all the true NaNoWriMo participants - I applaud your courage and tenacity and especially your ambition to pound out a draft in 30 days. 30 days! I wonder how many novels are born this way, and even more curious: do some people think they can really write a solid, polished novel in this time?
Everything I know about drafting comes from my television writing career where we started with a pitch, moved to the premise, then the beat sheet, outline and first draft. After the first draft came notes, then a second draft, and more notes and a third, and more notes and so on and so on... until there was a polish draft, which still left room for more notes. Often, it would be an entirely different episode from pitch to final draft, just as I find it is from fictional premise to published novel. What a journey this writing process is!
And since I have yet to participate in NaNoWriMo, what is it that you really hope to get out of it? Is it a kick in the tush? a first draft? a taste of what it means to write a novel? I'd love to read your answers in the comments section below. Hey, with 11 more days left, what are you doing reading this? Get back to work!