Monthly Archives: October 2015

A fun and filling kick-off pot luck lunch party

Saturday, October 24th saw some forty-something people attend our fun and filing pot luck lunch party to kick-off National Novel Writing Month. Since we still have some days before November 1st, there were some activities to talk about success strategies. [shashin type=”album” id=”8″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”] With many thanks to Kat Stepp […]

Final prep workshop: Characterology 101

[shashin type=”album” id=”7″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”] Saturday, October 17th was the fourth and final prep workshop for our region. Kat Stepp (aka Kat’s Meow) delivered the presentation that she and Todd Hogan (aka writertodd07) had created together. Twenty three people took part in the workshop; four came in costume as a character: […]

Windy City RWA preparatory workshop

On October 14th, Catherine Brennan and I presented our second NaNoWriMo preparatory workshop of this season, NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell (link goes to the powerpoint slides), to the Windy City chapter of the Romance Writers of America. [shashin type=”photo” id=”180″ size=”medium” columns=”max” order=”user” position=”center”] It was a lively session–the members of the Windy City RWA […]

NaNo Prep Workshop: Visualize Your Novel – 2015-10-10

Attendance 17 Photos: [shashin type=”album” id=”5″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”] Introduction Sam McAdams Have been NaNo’ing for ten years; first year as an ML National Novel Writing Month started by Chris Baty in 1999 Goal: 50,000+ words in 30 days (1667 words per day) Finish your story in the month if at all […]

Powerpoint and pictures from the 2015-10-08 prep workshop: NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell

[shashin type=”album” id=”4″ size=”small” crop=”n” columns=”max” caption=”y” order=”date” position=”center”] Catherine Brennan and Tim Yao led this highly interactive workshop at the beautiful, new Santori Library (Aurora Public Library system), facilitated by Cassie. Ref: Powerpoint slides This interactive workshop covered many topics, including: why you might want to write your novel in November how you can […]

Introducing Nellie the NaNo Mouse (take your picture with her!)

tl;dr: Take your picture with Nellie the NaNo mouse (PDF, download, print out, cut out) doing something NaNoWriMo-related (novel planning, brainstorming, writing (in November), attending a NaNo prep session or other event) and post it here! Back story: Once upon a time, a mouse lived within the NaNoWriMo Library of the Imagination. Her name was […]

Story beats and genres: NaNo Prep Workshop – 2015-10-03

Anastasia Zoldak (anastasia007) gave the first of our four 2015 preparatory workshops today (2015-10-03), looking at advice for plotters and pantsers, how to use story beats and the consideration of genre. Anastasia presented the workshop since her collaborator Todd Hogan (writertodd07) was unable to make it. Twenty five enthusiastic participants, including a fair number of […]