You Can Do This – Even if You’ve Stopped Writing

How’s everyone doing?

Is your stuff going in directions you didn’t expect? Or is sailing along?

Did your project change or hit a dead end? Did you lose the muse or decide to just stop?

If the latter, how would you feel about about picking back up on your love of writing, just for this last week – or any days in this week- to do what you LOVE. To fulfill your dream of writing, just for these last few days.

Forget word count. Forget that your story didn’t grab you. If you’ re stuck on a piece, why not journal through it?

Or just write your thoughts about the project, or food and the holidays coming up, what’s worrying you, or what you’re distracted by or happy about. That is a tool of the writers life to get them past it.\

Or, take the luxury of writing some stuff for yourself. What’s going on in you with Covid, family, how cold it is, or bucket list things you’d like to vision in detail, the best concert you went to, or the antics of your dog/cat/horse/bunny/snake.

How about reacquainting yourself with what made you start NANO to begin with, finding that spark that may have gotten buried under an inner critic, the holidays, getting the flu, or feeling it’s not ok if you don’t hit your numbers?

Did you go for it to try to make time for writing in your life? Was it the dream of seeing your book published? Was it that you needed to try your hand at writing so you know you gave that secret hope a go once in your life?

Whatever it is, we’re all still here to cheer you on!

This no judgement group wants you to not judge yourself either!


1. If you’re stuck, put up a post about it and see what amazing comments come in. One might be just the thing, or spark a new path.

2. There’s a write in from 10am-2pm today, and all day Saturday and Sunday from 10-4. There has to be a little time over the weekend for yourself right? In addition, you have 3 days next week before Nano is over to treat yourself: 7am-9am Monday, Tuesday night from 7pm-10pm and a last day blast on Wednesday 11/30.

All the info is on the North Shore MA Region Community Events on the site, or on the WriNoShores Facebook page.

If you haven’t tried, them, it’s mystically motivating, just to see your compatriots, who totally understand, accept and support you, sitting there writing with you.

However you do it, I encourage you to not think fo this as a contest, but of making a little room for YOURSELF to do what you do want to do: write!

This wicked sincere encouragement written by Rochelle Joseph

Important Dates for Nano 2021

WOW! Our ML @kildeer and the Wrino supporting committee have planned a fabulous month this year, all geared toward fun and productivity.

Besides live Write Ins planned 6 days a week, all at different times to assure something works for all schedules, there are FOUR special events in addition that you should note. It’s on the NANO forums and event lists for our region, but here they are again for easy reference:


KICK OFF PARTY: October 30, 6-9 PM

This is where this year’s theme is revealed and we all meet, talk about our projects – including that you have no idea – and get energized for what’s ahead. Even if you don’t attend live write ins, it’s nice to see faces of who are behind names, and know who you will be doing this with – after all, one of those people might just inspire you or jump in to encourage you,or talk you off the ledge. And there are giveaways! Details at NANO home page >Community> Home Region>North Shore Nano Forums> Kickoff Party.

This is a welcoming group that is all encouragement and acceptance of anything. It’s awesome. Imagine there being no need to worry if you’re shy, stuck, think your writing is a pipe dream or you feel like crap. Instead, just think about how you can blossom and flourish in that environment!

FIRST DAY FRENZY: Monday, November 1 from 10:00 – 8:00 p.m.

It’s the Opening Day Write-In! All are invited to a Manic Monday of of National Novel Writing hosted by the Hamilton Wenham Library and our @slauderdale!  Click here for more information Join any time or for the entire time!

THE FAMOUS ALL-NIGHT WRITE: Saturday, November 13, 6 pm- 6 am

This is a very special event. It’s done in 4 blocks with 4 different hosts to get us through an all night pajama party with fun markers along the way- like Midnight Madness where at the stroke of midnight all can read (or just enjoy listening to) a few pages of what each person is working on. It’s a blast. Another is the sunrise walk outside. This used to be at a lake near Lynne and Paul’s house but last year different people got on the zoom and walked outside to wherever they could go. It’s worth it to share this pretty amazing thing with everyone. Come to any or all parts of it. I’m hosting 6-10 pm, and WILL be in Pajamas. Find details on our NANO home page >Community> Home Region> North Shore NaNo Forums

THE TIGO PARTY: Saturday, December 4, 6-9 PM

Woot! This stands for Thank God It’s Over and we celebrate any and all words together with food, libations and festivities.

Live Zoom Write Ins

This year, we’ve scheduled live Zoom Write Ins for every singe day of the week. There’s something for everyone’s schedule – We have one hosted by Satin (@satinr) Monday from 7am-9am if you want to get words in before work, or once the kids are off or fed. Night Owls can start at 9:30-11:30 pm hosted by Sarah (@disquiet) and BOTH Saturday and Sunday are Marathons from 10 am to 4 pm – so you can catch up if you haven’t written all week, or choose your time to pop in and out as it suits you. And Friday midday @Kildeer just added 10am- 1pm hosted by Swampscott Library.

For now, here’s the skinny:

Mondays 7-9 AM

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 pm

Thursdays 7-9 pm

Friday 10am -1 pm

Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm

Sundays 10 am to 4 pm


Find the list of write ins by going on the NaNo Site, clicking on your home region and once there, clicking the little tab that says events on the middle column on that page. You can click the “Count Me In!” button or just show up. That helps to give the hosts and idea of how many are coming. NANO home page >Community> Home Region>Events.

It’s set to be a seriously GREAT month! Leave any questions in the comments.

Look forward to meeting and writing with you!

by Rochelle Joseph

The Beauty of the Live Write In

It has been decided: This is going to be the most awesome NANO ever. Are you in?

Last year, all the write ins were taken online, but that did not stop either our usual fun or getting down to serious work — all the while cheering each other on. NANO decreed we’d do all our parties and meetings on line again in 2021. That should not be a bummer. We’ve all gotten used to a little online visiting – whether using Face Time or Skype with family, Google Hangouts with friends or Zooming for work.

WriNoShores is meeting via Zoom this year, as it seems easiest and most universal for all.

And why not aspire for this to be the best ever? The silver lining to the pandemic was that during lock downs many contemplated who and what’s really important, and looked at what we spent our time on, and how.

Did you? Was writing on your list? It was front and center on mine. Turns out what I’d regret in life if I hadn’t done it was to not have finished editing my Nano project from 2016-18! And to complete several compilations of shorts and essays I had begun.


If getting words on the page is important to you, National Novel Writing Month is a super-special opportunity for the sole purpose of focusing on your dreams, your priority, supported and encouraged by the collective energy of like-minded peeps around the globe, who are doing the same. And of course your home group – all of us here at WriNoShores.

There’s no perfect way to do NaNo, but TO do it. Some may find they do this just fine alone. After all, writing is a largely solitary pursuit, right? I’ve spent my fair share alone scribbling away at hidden desks in a library nook, or holed up in my room. But what I learned when I started doing NaNo about 12 years ago is that attending the Live Write-Ins super charged my productivity. All I had to do was show up. And now that I am not driving to write-ins, I save that round trip time to write, and can do more on days when adding driving and parking time would make it impossible to fit one into my day. Online write-ins are so much more convenient and time effective.

On days I am dragging or feeling uninspired, a write in makes me show up. Often if I tell myself, just sign on for 15 minutes and you can hop off if you’re not feeling it. I end up staying for the entire time —and have words to show for it! Yessss! But even if I sign on late and hop off early, I still end feeling accomplished. I showed up.

Then, as others begin to accumulate words, it’s catching. I’m not a competitive person, but when others are getting more and more words racked up, it inspired me to do push for more words too. And there’s nothing but encouragement. People cheer on 200 words as well as hitting a 5000 word milestone.

And that is a two way street. Did you ever think your presence at a write in actually is an act of inspiration and support to your compatriots? Others do better because you are there! Another reason to give it a try, and see if it works for you.

We all have imaginations -here’s a good place to use them. Look at the Write Ins like meeting at a big library table (or coffee shop, or someone’s living room). After an initial hello from the host, we get down to business, and for the most part remain quiet – writing, or trying to. People can join in or hop off at any time. You’re still writing in your own space in quiet, but feeling the presence of others, or seeing their heads bent, engaged in the same thing, can make a motivational difference that pays out in usable words.

Some meetings do a few word sprints -20 minute segments to help. And that’s what this month is really all about. Getting words on the page that were not there before, giving way to your unique voice, all of which can be edited after November.

If you’re new to Write Ins, try more than one. If you haven’t been in a while, why not try again? Each has a different vibe – a mix of people and the host leading it. We have one every day this year. Check out the calendar of events on the NaNo site, on our regional page (sign in to see this link). Hope to see you there!

By Rochelle Joseph