Writing a book is an incredible, daunting undertaking. I applaud anyone who's ever sat before a stack of white paper or a blank computer screen with its annoying blinking cursor and written a book. Never mind whether it actually gets published. It's incredible that it gets finished, even if it then ends up stuck in a drawer for 50 years.
So the writers - and they are writers, every one of them - who participated in the annual 3-day novel writing contest, well that's another kind of creative madness. An entire novel from concept to completion in just 72 hours? Sure, a lot of crap gets written, but there's actually been some decent (i.e. more than merely readable) work produced.
For anyone curious about the contest (it usually happens in the fall and is open to anybody) BookTelevision is airing a behind-the-scenes series on the most recent contest starting Sunday, February 18th at 9:30pm ET.
This time out 12 writers spent a weekend in an Edmonton Chapters (talk about daunting, having to write a book surrounded by thousands of other probably better books; I'd probably stake a spot out near the magazine rack).
For anyone interested in a glimpse at the writing process this is work checking out.