2015 is my fifth year participating in National Novel Writing Month, a self-directed challenge to write 50k words in the thirty days of November. It's not something every writer can benefit from, but those of us who have a few self-discipline issues can benefit from it. It also provides community, and the forums are great places to get personal insights into those sticky plot points.
This is my first year to work with a collaborator and I'll admit, I wasn't sure how it would go. By NaNo's rules, if you write with a collaborator, both of your output is counted for each of you. In theory that means two authors working together only need to write 25k each for their collaborative story to reach the fabled 50k, which should make it a cake-walk, right?
But any writer worth the name knows that the Story Demands. My collaborator and I hit 50k on the 13th. Last night we finished our daily writing spree at 63k. Today, the fifteenth, marks the halfway point. We could quit, if it was just about word count, but the story isn't finished yet and neither is November. So now our challenge is, can we finish this story (in a rather rough first draft) in November?
And writing with a collaborator? FABULOUS!