Wednesday Woo: NaNoWriMo with the WriNoShores

Writers of the North Shore developed from the idle minds of Sara and I. We’d lost our ML to a cross country move and I wisely talked Sara into applying for the position. It didn’t take much persuading (read our ABOUT page to get her side of the story). We were already familiar with many of whom we now consider the “regulars” and have had a very positive experience with all who have crossed our paths on the NaNoWriMo journey.

Though Sara sometimes conveys to us the horror stories the other NaNoWriMo MLs experience, we have no such tales to tell. Kindness, consideration, and support are what you’ll find here with us. The desire to keep that going all year round prompted us to keep meeting twice-a-month at Plum Island Coffee Roasters for an informal social write-in, and twice-a-month for a more stringent write-in at my house.

This year-round group are who the WriNoShores are. A dedicated, smart, funny group of women, and men who love to read, write, and talk about writing, and occasionally indulge in sweets. We encourage one another, empathize, educated, and considerately, bring each other sweets.

Our genres, styles, voices, and skills are as varied as our confections, and all are welcome. We are a community bound together through the shared struggles, and triumphs of writing. We understand each other. We never underestimate the importance sweets have to the well-being of a writer and the creative process.

Writing can be a lonely endeavor, having this local group has been a reassuring reminder that we are not alone. Some where nearby are our fellow writers who are looking out their own windows wishing they had a dark-chocolate butter cream from Sanborn’s same as us.

NaNoWriMo may have bought us together, but kinship, caffeine and sugary substances sustains our connection the rest of the year.

Seriously, if you are participating in NaNoWriMo come to one of the write-ins. They are super productive, surprisingly so as many will attest-even the doubtful have been converted. We run our write-ins with a mixture of military precision and joviality.

A new event for the year 2014 was our version of NaNoWriMo’s “Night of Writing Dangerously” an all-night writing extravaganza. You can read about it…ah hell, I guess I never wrote about it!

Briefly, we held “A Swashbuckling Evening of Writing” between our usual Saturday 10-4 at Hamilton-Wenham Library write-in and Sunday’s PICR 1-5pm write-in. We ate, wrote, read, laughed, had cocktails, many noshes, sang, danced and took a sunrise walk to the lake in freezing cold weather. It was a blast. And again, I stress, it was productive.

We truly believe none of these events serve you if you are not getting your writing done. I think next year we will have a leader board to calculate how many words we wrote collectively and individually. Anyway, it was a lot of fun even if most of us didn’t make it to PICR the next morning but opted to stay comfy and cozy at my house writing.

That’s who we are, and what it’s like to write with us during NaNoWriMo. It’s only 268 days from today (01.19.2015).

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