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NaNoWriMo is here.

It's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), that special time of the year when some folks think it'd be fun to crank out a 50,000 word novel (that's about 3,000 words a day) in a busy holiday month sounds like a great idea.

Back in 2005, I was in a writer's group and we had five people that actually completed the challenge. That's actually fairly amazing, because lots of people start but not that many finish. To have so many in one little North Dakota writer's group finish was stellar.

I finished a 50,000 word novel, and it was a real dog. But I was pretty proud to have finished the thing, so I displayed a winner's badge on my blog for several years.

At the core of it, NaNoWriMo a word-count competition, not a reader's delight competition. There are some skilled writers whose NaNoWriMo novels end up a successfully published book. Mine was basically a word-count winner in which, technically speaking, the words were actual sentences that could be const…