VIDEO: Chris Baty at Crossroads 2012

VIDEO: Chris Baty at Crossroads 2012

“Everyone — and I mean, EVERYONE — has so much more inside of them than they realize.” National Novel Writing Month started almost in jest between friends. Its founder, Chris Baty, never expected hundreds of thousands of people to one day...
Post Up: The Baty Booster Shot

Post Up: The Baty Booster Shot

It’s only been four months since Chris Baty delivered his moving keynote speech at Crossroads 2012. In the time since, many of you have started and completed novels during November for NaNoWriMo. We’ve been quietly working on ways to up our game in 2013....
The Chris Baty Interview, pt. 2

The Chris Baty Interview, pt. 2

And now we continue our interview with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty with Crossroads Writer Makenna Johnston Makenna: Do you still try to write a novel every November? Chris: I do still write a novel every November! M: NaNoWriMo focuses on the get it done, fast first...
The Chris Baty Interview, pt. 1

The Chris Baty Interview, pt. 1

One sunny November 1st in New York City, I started my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, steamy coffee mug in hand. I thought to myself ‘why not write a novel in a month?’. The answer? It wasn’t as easy as I had though. When November 31st rolled around, I...
Why I tried NaNoWriMo

Why I tried NaNoWriMo

Some time last year before my first Crossroads Writers Conference, I happened upon National Novel Writing Month quite unexpectedly. I’m not sure exactly but I believe a west coast writer friend “liked” the Office of Letters and Lights on a social networking site, and...