Hello my fellow WriNoShores and other passersby!
NaNoWriMo is gaining on us so it’s time to start the preparations. Our local NaNoWriMo warriors–the WriNoShores are headed by Sara Leahy our intrepid ML who is hard at work securing the venue for our kick-off party, selecting party favors, and organizing our write-ins. Not to mention all the pre-NaNo plotting meetings in October to help get you started.
If you are new to NaNoWriMo I’ll give you a quick run down. Insanity overtakes us and we sign up to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s the National Novel Writing Month part, it happens in November and ML’s are local leaders.
“They host Kick-Off Parties to celebrate the beginning of this whirlwind month; weekly write-ins (often in cafes or libraries) where you can join other local writers pounding their way towards 50,000 words; and “Thank God It’s Over” Parties to relax and commiserate with your fellow writers about your sore hands. They also oversee their regional forums and can answer many questions you might have about NaNo.” NaNoWriMo
We are thrilled to have Sara as our ML, she’s done a terrific job the last three years and I hope she sticks it out for many more to come.
I am her ever faithful sidekick whose husband Paul is our graphic design/prepress hero. He makes us, and George–the WriNoShores mascot –look good.
The other part is meeting wonderful like-minded writers and the camaraderie surrounding us as we pound out those words at the write-ins.
What’s a write-in? Write-ins are set times, and places where we gather to have word sprints. Many people shy away from write-in but I urge you to try them out. Especially, our regions Saturday write-in at Hamilton/Wenham Library. The majority of people who come find them very productive and often credit their success to their write-in participation.
So if you are an old friend–we look forward to seeing you again, and if you are a newbie–come on down we’d love to meet you.
Not to brag, but our region, The North Shore of Massachusetts, is an especially engaging and convivial group. You will find support, friendship, and all manner of writerly help among our members. And since it’s right after Halloween-plenty of candy to get you through the tough spots.
Check out our regions calendar of events here.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask here on the WriNoShores site, or through the NaNoWriMo regional forum.