Was it because the first four letters of "novel" and "November" are the same? I don't know. I do know that November is already one of the most stressful months of the year -- at least for women. Which brings me to my point: if a woman had come up with the idea for NaNoWriMo, then she would have chosen a benign month, like March. Or August. Not November, which not only contains its own major holiday, but also immediately precedes the month with the biggest holiday of the year. Who has time to write a novel when there is so much food to prepare, and so much shopping and decorating to do?
On the other hand, perhaps there is a kind of evil genius behind the selection of November. Because when NaNoWriMo 2008 is over, I will have completed more than 50,000 words toward a novel that I've been putting off writing for nearly two years now. My excuse? I've been "too busy" to write. But how can I possibly complain of being too busy to write in any of the eleven other months of the year, after all that I have accomplished this November?
Chris Baty, you are brilliant.