Monthly Archives: October 2010

Reminder: Last prep workshop Saturday, Oct 16th

Just a reminder that the third and final prep workshop is Saturday, October 16th. It will be led by Joe Turpin and will cover character development. Come on out to the 95th Street Library in Naperville, 1-3 pm CST.

Naperville Sun article!

Jenette Sturges, Naperville City Hall reporter, wrote this neat article about us in the Naperville Sun! What is better, she says she is going to try out NaNoWriMo this year!

2011 event dates

Some of our 2011 event dates have now been nailed down! Yeah, I know–everyone is thinking about this year’s NaNo (2010). 2011 seems a lifetime away… But for our region, it wasn’t too late to be thinking about room reservations. We’ve locked down rooms BC at the Naperville Municipal Center: Journey kick-off: January 8, 11:45 […]

All about POV’s – notes from the second prep session

Yesterday was our second preparatory workshop, led by our vibrant Crystal Blount.. We had twenty two people in attendance, not a bad turnout for our first Aurora Public Library event.

Sometimes it is better to tell than to show

Most of the time writers are advised to show, not tell; that is, information should be conveyed to the reader through actions and dialogue and not narration. This io9 article by Charlie Jane Anders shows the exceptions to that rule. Good read.

Second Prep Session

We have two more prep workshops planned for October. One occurs tomorrow (Saturday, October 9th) at the Eola Road Branch Library (Aurora Public Library system). See for maps to our event locations. I’ve been told we will be in one of the two rooms that are directly opposite the doors to the branch library […]

Some exercises to prepare for NaNo

Here are four exercises you can do to help prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo: take one or two of your characters from your novel-to-be and place them in an uncomfortable situation: e.g., kidnapped or captured by someone. How do they react? What do they do? What do they say? Did any of your characters experience tragedy […]