Did you know a new book of fiction is published every 30 minutes in the US? That was the estimate back in 2004 when Laura Miller wrote a commentary in the New York Times titled, "The Last Word: How Many Books Are Too Many?". I'm sure the numbers have changed in the last 6 years, particularly because there are so many unemployed now. And the thing to do when unemployed is to write that novel you have been threatening to write for years and years.
November is National Novel Writing Month, abbreviated NaNoWriMo, and it is has been taking place since 1999. I have never participated in this crazy exercise that is supposed to result in a complete 50,000 word novel at the end of 30 days, but this year provides the perfect excuse to try.