Happy NaNoWriMo!

2013-Participant-Square-Button~ By Melina Kantor

Hi Everyone!

As of midnight last night, it is officially my favorite time of year. Yes, that’s right. It’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), aka time to write 50,000 words in just thirty days. And drink a ton of coffee. And let your house get dirty. And meet fabulous people at write-ins.

But I digress. I started writing as soon as the clock struck twelve, and in a few minutes, I’ll get back to it. But first. . .

Not sure what NaNoWriMo is? Then I strongly suggest that you find out by visiting their Web site. Or, for a more concise answer, you can read this post from a few years ago which is a short Q and A about the event.

In addition, you can check out the tons of posts on our chapter blog that are tagged with NaNoWriMo. There was one year we posted about NaNo every day, so there’s a wealth of information plus a lot of videos and cartoons to make you laugh.

Every Friday, we’ll be back with more NaNo tips, tricks and inspiration to help get you through the month. Here’s your first dose of unsolicited advice.

In order to make NaNo worthwhile and successful (and no, being successful doesn’t have to mean reaching the 50K mark), community is a must. Here are just a few of the many places where you can form your community:

1. The NaNo site has a chick lit forum and a romance forum (and tons of others). Meet other writers there and post your questions.

2. If you’re on Twitter, make sure tofollow @NaNoWriMo and @NaNoWordSprints. You can also use the #NaNoWriMo, #NaNo, and #Wrimo hashtags to connect with other participants.

3. StoryWonk is a great place to meet writers, especially ones who are into NaNo. Not only do they have excellent writing forums, they also have a five minute podcast every single day in November. Both are sure to help keep you going!

4. If you can get to a write-in, do it! Get something hot to drink, meet other writers, and turn writing into something social. You won’t regret it.

I’m sure you Wrimos out there have even more ideas. Please leave links and suggestions in the comments.

Now for your inspiration and laugh, which this week comes from Nancy Fraser.

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She also had this to say when I asked her why she writes contemporary romance:

Contemporary romance is the perfect escape. Sweet or sexy, it allows the reader to live in the moment with a hero or heroine who must overcome challenges not all that different than our own. Yet, in those brief few hours, it’s ‘their’ problem, not yours and you know that … eventually … there will be a happy ever after! It gives us all hope we can accomplish the same in our own lives.”

So, Wrimos, have a fabulous November! Feel free to add me as a writing buddy on the NaNo site. I’m MelissaDK.

Write on! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Happy NaNoWriMo!”

  1. Pingback: NaNoWriMo Week 2 | Contemporary Romance

  2. Thanks for the advice, Melissa! I’m a first timer and just woke up to see if I can hit that magic number today (it’s 4:56 am here in California).

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