From: Chris Baty <firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: NaNoWriMo 2005 :: The End
Date: 2 Dec 2005 01:41:15 -0000
Well, there it went. Another NaNoWriMo has passed into the history books.
It was a year of biggests and firsts. We had a record-setting number of participants (59,000), a blockbusting number of winners (9,700) and an impressive number of mornings when we woke up to find the site hadn’t imploded or otherwise misplaced portions of itself (27).
Thanks to your generosity, we also raised more money than ever before. Our bills for the year are paid, and funds are tucked away to launch NaNoWriMo’s 2006 event. Even more thrillingly, we raised at least $8000 for our Libraries in Laos project. By the time sign-ups for the next NaNoWriMo begin, there will be four or five new book-filled spaces spread throughout the country; places where Laotian kids can go to discover the magic of reading.
All of which is well and good, but it begs a certain important question. Namely: What the heck do we do now?
It’s a great question. And I have a suggestion.
I suggest we spend the next eleven months exploring a few other appealing, impractical items on our to-do lists. Because the secret of November’s success is both simple and transferable: You were able to write a book because you allowed yourself to write a book. And in the coming weeks, after you’ve caught up on sleep and re-acclimated yourself to normal life, I hope you’ll sit down and make a list. It’s the most powerful list on the planet, and it’s the one entitled: “What I’m going to allow myself to do next.”
See you in October, novelist.