Keeping The Excitement

By Natasha R.

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The days leading up to NaNoWriMo are often filled with anticipation, excitement, and the undeniable desire to start typing. You brainstorm, you talk to your NaNo buddies, and may even secretly squee a little bit.

You know you do this.

Then November 1st arrives and you’re a writing machine. 

The muse is strong within you. The words pour from your fingers like syrup onto pancakes. It’s so smooth, sweet, and delectable. At three in the morning you’re loathe to stop, but know in four hours you have to get up for the dreaded day job.

The eloquent words that fall from your lips may be something like: “Stupid day job is stupid.” At three in the morning, who can blame you?

This is the pattern for the first few days. You keep up, or even surpass your word count goal. Everything is going according to the plan–or the pantser is enjoying winging it. Whichever.

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Prep Workshop by Debby Jensen – October 2014

By Debby J.

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I wanted to include some notes from the brainstorming session we did on Sunday, October 18. We had an amazing 15 people who up, both current WriMos as well as people who heard about the event through the library. Hope to see even more next time! Without further ado, here are the notes.

Part 1 – Introduction

  • introduced myself (Debby Jensen)
  • explained what NaNoWriMo is
  • three parts of plot (that we will also cover today in depth)
    • conflict
    • character
    • setting

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Surviving NaNoWriMo

By Jamie W.

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So, it just so happens that “Three Books in Three Months” also includes the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. What’s NaNo, you ask? It stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and participants from all over the world sign up to write 50,000 words in one month. Sound crazy? Possibly! lol. Here are some of the things I think are essential for surviving the month of November for anyone who is new to the challenge…

  • Don’t look at the whole. Writing only 1,667 words a day sound much more manageable, doesn’t it?
  • Go to write-ins. These are amazing chances to connect with local writers and exchange ideas. These write-ins have led to friendships with some awesome people.
  • DO NOT procrastinate on backing up your work. I know we all got taught in school about backing up our work regularly, but let’s be honest here: how many of us do it consistently? Well, now is not the time to take risks with your words. Make sure you move the document to a flash drive, e-mail it to yourself, and/or upload it to services like box or dropbox. A little side note: For one of the camps they do, I had about 3,000 words written. I “saved as” onto my flash drive and went to open it a little later. I got “file is corrupt”. A call to my husband’s computer genius friend showed me the error of my ways. If you save a file directly to a flash drive rather than “sending to” or dragging it on there from your computer, it can corrupt the drive and ruin your document.

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