It really was. November 2011.
I wasn’t sure when I started that the NaNoWriMo model — writing a novel or 50,000 words in the month of November — would work for me. I thought it would be too chaotic and too fast.
But writing every day and writing so intensely helped me immerse myself in the story and get to know the characters much more quickly than usual. I just met the 50,000-word goal.
Fangirl is more than 100,000 words long, and there were at least two distinct drafts — so I definitely kept working for months after NaNoWriMo was over. But the heart of the book was written that November.
Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/62902985005.