Tag Archives: 2011

Saturday (Nov 5) write-ins – a report

111105_nano_writeins Saturday, November 5th, was one of our busier write-in days in recent memory. We had write-ins in several locations. I attended two of them: a morning one in Carol Stream (hosted by co-ML Katherine (KatherineWriting)) and an afternoon one in Woodridge (hosted by Catherine (Cee-Bee)). The Carol Stream Public Library librarian Sarah Kovacs provided […]

Weekend write-ins

A whole host of new plot critters await the winners of the word wars at write-ins on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (note: the squid is already promised to Squiddish, who charmed everyone at the kick-off with her great Halloween costume (Ragedy Ann). Don’t know what to bring to a write-in? We have a thread […]

Pictures and more from our fun kick-off!

We had about 35 NaNoWriMo participants attending (plus some non-participant guests) this fun kick-off party. There was a great spread of contributed food, including Catatone1’s special chocolates (the dark-chocolate chess pieces were delicious!): Roger Lubeck led a highly appreciated session about self-publishing. I unfortunately didn’t get to attend this because I was leading a parallel […]

Notes from the final prep workshop

111022_nano_prep_session3 Saturday, October 22nd was the date of the third and final prep workshop for the 2011 NaNoWriMo. Led by Crystal Blount (dreamhigher11), this workshop focused on dialogue and the use of dialect. This is Crystal’s 3rd year entering the competition. Won once; gave up once. She teaches technical writing for a living. 30 people […]

NaNoWriMo Prep Session 2: What to avoid

111015_nano_workshop2 On Saturday, October 15th, Heather Jones aka AmaranthMuse led a workshop at the Nichols Library in Naperville before what may be the largest turnout we’ve had at an October workshop: 42 people attended (!). Nano_prep_guide_short_111020.pptx the presentation Heather used on Saturday Nano_preparation_guide_111020.pptx the long form of the presentation (extra pages) Here are my notes […]

Good video covering pacing

Ran across this penny-arcade video about story pacing. Yes, it’s from a game design sense, but the same principles apply to novel writing.

Join us in jabber chats!

We have a jabber chatroom for our region; people can use their gmail/google accounts to join (see instructions on how to do this). Otherwise, NaNoMail NewMexicoKid for a jabber account. We’ve been meeting at Thursdays at 8:00 PM CDT but will look to schedule some other times. Come for chat, interesting writerly discussions and writing […]