Many authors have just finished up the slog that is National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every year, thousands of people sign up to challenge themselves to write a full-fledged novel—defined as 50,000 words—in thirty days. NaNoWriMo bills itself as a fun experience and a huge challenge.
Yet there’s mixed reaction to the very idea of this challenge in writing circles. Some people love it. Others find it too stressful. Almost as many writers fail at it as succeed. So what’s the big problem?