Live From a Write-In!

~ By Melina Kantor

On Sunday, I went to a fabulous NaNoWriMo write-in, and, just for fun, asked fellow Wrimos to share some of their thoughts about NaNoWriMo.


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I want to see if I’m capable of writing 50,000 words. And even if I’m not, whatever I write this month is more than I would write otherwise.

~ Anonymous


Write-ins are good for commiserating and getting support, egging each other on, and doing sprints. They can be helpful to push people to reach their goals. Write-ins in New York are full of awesome people. It’s great to meet other writers and chat about your writing.

~ Erin O’Brien, NYC Municipal Liaison


Come out. Come meet other writers.  You can find a cheerleader or a nemesis. The first NaNo I won was the first NaNo I went to a write-in. I take it as a sign that I haven’t lost since.

~ Marsha August


NaNoWriMo is more about the community than the writing.  I meet amazing, inspiring, people every November, and have learned so much from the experience.

~ Alexis Daria, NYC Municipal Liaison


NaNoWriMo is a great way to get a first draft, and it’s never perfect, you always needs a second draft no matter how wonderful a writer you are. Writing a whole novel is so daunting, but if you write a novel quickly, it’s not as daunting anymore. And revision is December’s problem.

~ Erika (who reached 50K at the write-in on 11/13!)

The point is, even if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo, it’s still very worth finding a writing community.

It makes a world of difference.

Write on! 🙂

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She just returned from a two month trip to Crete and Israel, where she visited  family and friends did her best to turn her travels into research and inspiration for her writing. You can visit her at