NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month Weekly Write-In

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual creative writing project that challenges you to write 50,000 words of a new novel over the course of the month of November.

Whether you've always been meaning to start a novel, or you've been kicking around an idea that you know would make a great story, or you used to write and haven't had time in ages...this could be a fun way to spark your imagination and unleash your inner bard. Best of all, you can tackle the challenge with friends to support and encourage you.

NaNoWriMo's website also gives you the chance to interact with other writers from across the world, and receive tips and advice from some of your favorite authors.

Even if you don't have the time to fully participate in a 50,000 word project, write-in sessions are a great way to put in a few hours of intensive writing in a group setting. Take on a short story, or just write an opening chapter!

These meetings are also a great chance to discuss your past experience, current progress or approach, ideas you've had, schedule write-in sessions, and anything else you need to help you succeed.

Please bring laptops and headphones (if you prefer to write to a soundtrack or want to block out noise). The write-ins will be a bit different than our usual monthly writers meetup. This is set up as time to productively write, so we ask that all attendees respect that others may not work effectively with loud conversation or distractions. We do still want the write-ins to be fun and supportive; we encourage anyone who wants to talk through writing issues or challenges to do so (if it's a longer or more in-depth conversation we can step into the main library or go to the coffee shop next door). Also, food and drinks are allowed in the library. We may also build in some time to relax and socialize into the time block, if everyone is comfortable with that.

Kingstowne Library is located on the back side of the strip mall (parallel to Telegraph Rd). We'll be meeting in the Kingstowne Meeting Room (we have the room until 5pm). There will be free wi-fi and power outlets available. There are also a number of great food options in the Landsdowne Center, including Greek/Italian, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and American, if people want to grab food during or after.

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  • Kent

    It was all so wonderful...and then, Kovit brought a crockpot pot-roast! That's when it got freaking AWEsome! Thanx to all those who brought yummies! And, it was pretty cool to see everybody just hunkering down, tapping away at their keyboards. But, based on our shared experience, I really DO think we need to start (and publish!) a story where each of us takes turns just adding on a line. We damn-near had a classic produced just in our banter! Keep on crankin' them words!

    2 · November 11

  • Jeremy D. H.

    A great time and really helped keep me motivated.

    1 · November 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was fun - and I needed it. I got more writing done than I ever would have on my own.

    2 · November 9

  • Karla K.

    I think after today's writing session it would be appropriate to title my novel The Angry Girl.

    Thanks again for the pot roast, s'mores and the baked goods! See you guys next week unless Dave successfully changes the location without me knowing.

    5 · November 9

  • Jennifer D.

    Oh! It looks like I'm not going to be able to come after all. Dog-watching obligations and family stuff mean I can't be gone for the entire afternoon. I'll be working here at home, though, and hope to make a ton of progress tomorrow and during the rest of the long weekend. I should be able to make it next Saturday, though! May be NaNoWriMo Force be with you! See you on the internet.

    November 8

    • Jennifer D.

      I hope I'm in time to make room for someone else who was on the waiting list! :)

      1 · November 8

  • Trish

    I'm having computer problems again, so I'm not coming Sat. I'll probably work from a desktop. But happy writing to all!

    1 · November 8

    • Jeremy D. H.

      I'll be cheering you on from the I internet!

      1 · November 8

  • Vernieda

    Now that we're approaching Week 2 of NaNo, the hard work begins. The early enthusiasm is starting to flag and we're realizing writing regularly is hard work. But keep at it. If you can weather Week 2, things will start to get easier.

    If you're discovering that writing in long, uninterrupted blocks isn't working for you, give this a try: http://pomodorotechnique.com­

    The basic idea is that you write for a set amount of time and then take a break for a set amount of time. Rinse and repeat. The amount of time for each set depends on the person. For example, the traditional pomodoro is 25 on/5 break but I've been writing in 30 on/15 break sets.

    There are lots of apps out there that you can use. I use Focus Booster on my laptop & Pomodroido on my phone.

    Give it a try if you find yourself flailing and spinning your wheels.

    4 · November 7

    • Jennifer D.

      This looks really helpful. I've downloaded a pomodoro technique app for my iPhone. It makes good sense! Thanks for the tip, Vernieda.

      2 · November 7

  • Vernieda

    Just a reminder: I'll be hosting a write-in at the West Springfield Panera on Old Keene Mill & Rolling Rd (behind Whole Foods) Wednesday night (Nov 6) from 6-9PM. I'll try to be in the back corner.

    And remember, guys, if you want to set up your own write-ins at locations closer to where you live, feel free! Or check the Local Events section of the NaNo site. I know there are lots of write-ins taking place all over Northern VA several times a week and for sure the same thing applies to DC & MD.

    Happy writing!

    1 · November 4

    • Vernieda

      This Panera is not known for its overabundance of plugs so make sure your electronics are charged.

      November 6

  • Kovit K.

    Sheesh you guys are crushing it on word count.

    November 6

  • Maggie

    I just remembered I'll be gaming for charity this weekend, and the next I'll be recovering from minor surgery. See you sometime after that all!

    1 · November 5

  • Jennifer D.

    Yay! I have been freed from dog-watching obligations and I can come back for more writing, s'mores and fun. Yippee!

    4 · November 5

    • Kovit K.

      Lol I have some sprite just wasting away in my trunk (it's cans so they're still fizzy).

      2 · November 5

    • Vijay

      It's an ongoing fund, you can just bring a couple bucks this week.

      November 5

  • Suzie K

    So because my laptop sort-of-but-not-really works, I will be writing this month at my desktop at home, but I will be with you guys in virtual NaNoLand! Yay!

    2 · November 3

    • Vernieda

      You're doing awesome with your word count, btw!!

      2 · November 3

    • Suzie K

      I will pay that compliment back :)

      1 · November 4

  • Smita K.

    We have three other writers in the family, I might be able to drag one of them :)

    September 11, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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