**************National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges writers to spill out 50,000 words in 30 days. In case you're wondering what 50,000 words looks like, here's a list of novels that are approximately that length. (I took this list from Chris Baty's book, No Plot? No Problem!)
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
The critter in the photo is my most recent laptop companion. I've nicknamed him Chris, after Chris Baty, the guy behind NaNoWriMo. If things get tough during November, novel writing month, I'll pick at his fur instead of tearing my own hair out.
Now go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/. and sign up.
See previous posts for more National Novel Writing Month information.