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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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  • Trish

    Slow cooking some chicken chili right now. Thanks, Kovit!

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for the great food and the excellent vibe on Saturday! I won't be able to make it to anymore write-ins, but I'll be working hard from here. I should be able to make it to the post-NaNoWriMo tea party, though. Can't wait! Good luck finishing, everyone :)

    November 19, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    This is the recipe for the chicken chilli.

    1 can of kidney beans
    1 can of black beans
    2 14/5oz cans of diced tomatoes w/green chiles
    1 8oz can of tomato sauce
    1 packet of taco seasoning
    1tbs of cumin and chili powder each[masked]oz bag of corn
    2lbs chicken breast
    1 onion diced

    Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hrs. You can cook it on high but I dunno what the cook time for that is. You have to pull the chicken out before you serve it and just shred it with a fork.

    And you can tweak the recipe to suit your tastes (I think it needs to be spiced up a bit more it's pretty weak sauce in this iteration).

    3 · November 16, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks!

      November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oooh! Thank you. It was so good!

      November 19, 2013

  • Kent

    Lots of great camaraderie, lots of good food/snacks...oh yeah, and LOTS of writing! We're half-way there! Keep up that creative verve!

    November 18, 2013

  • Karla K.

    Sorry I couldn't make it today guys. I'm writing from though so I'm with you guys in spirit! It was a good thing that I made the decision to move my desk into the guest bedroom so I can shut the door and drown out the sound of my kids killing each other. Write like the wind!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    Putting finishing touches on chilli will be there @1:30

    4 · November 16, 2013

    • Karla K.

      Chili?! Damn! I wish I could have made it :(

      2 · November 16, 2013

  • Chiara

    I'm running extra late today because aliens invaded my body and caused me to sleep 17 hours and wake up feeling like crap. Hoping to make it by 2 and that chili and S'mores is the cure!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Trish

    Have to run some errands so I will probably be late. ETA 1 pm. Looking forward to writing up a storm or an invasion or ...

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Debbie H

    Woohoo! Congrats to Kent and Vernieda - rocking and rolling those word counts - 50,000 plus and still going strong!

    4 · November 15, 2013

    • Vernieda

      My book's not done yet. I have to keep going!

      3 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

    1 · November 15, 2013

  • Vernieda

    Hi everyone! It's halfway through November so this is your friendly reminder to BACK UP YOUR WRITING! On the cloud, on a USB drive -- just somewhere other than your main writing device. Stuff happens and you don't want to lose all that work. :)

    See you tomorrow!

    1 · November 15, 2013

    • Dennis

      EXCELLENT advice -- am doing it now! :)

      November 15, 2013

  • Vernieda

    Weekly reminder: I'll be hosting a write-in at the Panera on OKM & Rolling Road this Wednesday from 6-9PM. Come for commiseration, writing & cursing the dreaded Week 2. Hope to see some of you there!

    2 · November 12, 2013

  • Debbie H

    How about chicken and rice? It's pretty simple and generally takes three to four hours in a slow cooker - some cut up chicken (or a couple of large cans of chicken), a can or two of cream of chicken soup and a can of cream of mushroom (with a can of water for each can of soup), a cup to a cup and a half of rice, whatever other spices or stuff you want (no celery, I like to use some Chinese five spice, onion powder and garlic, or else some turmeric, onion powder and a touch of pepper). I use wild rice sometimes for a chicken/wild rice casserole. You could probably experiment with putting other stuff in but I'd start with the basic version to see how it goes.

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Kovit K.

      Hmmmm I'll have to try this.

      November 11, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    So I figure I should ask is there any requests for food? Must be slow cooker possible and not super complicated. Also if it sucks...my bad and better luck next time.

    November 10, 2013

    • Jeremy D. H.

      Last time I use a tablet to do my typing for me.

      November 11, 2013

    • Kovit K.

      I mean if you want that Jeremy just stand outside.

      1 · November 11, 2013

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