(Editor's Note: There's been quite a discussion going on over at PPW's Yahoo! discussion loop about how our writers prepare for NaNoWriMo.)
All this talk about getting ready for November got me thinking: at PPW,
we like to give people options.
So if you're participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month,
you're committing to writing 50,000 words in the month of November on a
new project. We not only support you, but several of us plunge in right
along with you.
But if that isn't quite right for you, you can take part in our
NaNoTRYMo, where you set your own goal. You can have a lower word count,
you can continue on a work in progress, you can edit a manuscript you've
already finished--the possibilities are limited only by what YOU want to
accomplish. (In fact, stay tuned to the website. We're going to have the
NaNo "contract," where you define your personal goal, available for you
to print out before Nov. 1.)
To support ALL of our NaNo-ers, we have several activities throughout
the month of November, all taking place at the Celebration Space at
We're hosting write-ins every Tuesday in November, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bring your laptop or your legal pads and pencils--your preferred
instruments of mass production. We'll have quiet space where you can
write, and also room to sit and talk with other writers if you're hung
up on a plot point or character, or if you just need to ask "why am I
doing this?" again.
At the WriteBrain on Nov. 15th, we'll have a special short
presentation by Chris Mandeville, "Plot Problems? No Problem!" to help
unstick your plot from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the 6:30-8:30 p.m. open
Best of all, on Saturday, Nov. 19, we'll host an all day write in,
approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. We'll have coffee and hot water for tea,
and we encourage people to bring snacks to share. Just think, an
entire, uninterrupted day of writing! Your kids won't be here, your dog
won't beg to be walked, your laundry won't be calling out to you--you
get to write!
Please feel free to refer to the website for more details, or email the
loop if you have any questions.
2012 Contest Coordinator
(yes, I'm coordinating the Contest and entering NaNoWriMo. As DeAnna
pointed out, I'll do anything to avoid laundry for a month.)