Getting Involved

By Natasha R.

NaNoWriMo is a hectic time of year for those who participate. Everyone is frantic trying to make their word count for the day, let alone the month as a whole. Sometimes people have a massive muse, and sometimes it’s harder to get those words out. That’s why in each region there are events, both physical ones and online. Fort Writerdale events can be found on the NaNo forum here.

Granted we all have responsibilities in life, whether it be school, work, family, or whatever. Debby (our ML, make sure you learn who she is, cause she’s AWESOME) has put together several events all over Broward. Meeting other participants and joining the write-ins creates a positive atmosphere where everyone motivates each other.

NaNoWriMo is more than just sitting in front of a computer and writing. It’s community, and I recently got the chance to hang out with our fearless leader, Debby, one on and one, and see just how much she puts into it. She dedicates her time to making sure everyone has a fun, positive environment. Her dedication is amazing! She not only tries to write her own story in thirty days, but puts so much into making sure everyone else is motivated to do the same.

There’s so much to do in NaNoWriMo, especially when you’re feeling down in the dumps or like you don’t have it in you to continue. Come to a write-in! No time? Join an online write-in via ChatNaNo! Most times you’ll find one or more people in the chatroom, and if not, stick around, someone is bound to come in and start chatting or word warring. I’ll be in there as much as possible around classes. You can also ask Debby how to find the rooms of other regions if you keep strange hours that are more in sync with the UK or Australia.

Also, utilize the forum! Introduce yourself, start a topic if you’re stuck on a scene. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. At the first half of the KO party a lot of people asked about publishing. Well, in that regard, if you’re scared to participate in the writing community, it’s going to be a very long journey to the publishing gates. Don’t be afraid of putting yourself and your work out there. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re stumped.

Join the community of NaNoWriMo, have fun with it, and write the novel┬áthat’s been zipping through your veins.

Don’t forget to comment below with your ideas on how to get involved!

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