VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Chris Baty

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In 1999, Chris Baty created National Novel Writing Month, wherein participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript during the month of November. Those who complete the challenge on time are deemed to be "winners" in this noncompetitive group endeavor, where quality of writing takes a distant second place to quantity. In 2005, nearly 60,000 people took part and more than 10,000 succeeded.

In addition to No Plot? No Problem!, a guide for high-speed novelists, Baty has written for SF Weekly and East Bay Express. To learn more about National Novel Writing Month, visit www.nanowrimo.org.