A write-in is a gathering of writers that get together to work on their own individual projects but in a group setting. It is common during National Novel Writing Month, because the participants of NaNoWriMo are working to accumulate word count. What we will do tonight, and with the other write-ins scheduled, is gather at 7:00 P.M. with our laptops and maybe a beverage from the cafe, and write. We'll do introductions, maybe talk briefly about what we're working on, and then schedule several sprints for the two hours. Sprints are usually something like 30 minute stretches, timed, where we all focus and write. When the timer goes off, we stop. It's a good way to get used to writing and accumulating word count, and to get around the Censor.
The Censor is that nasty little voice that nags you about storyline, grammar, spelling, and all the stuff of editing. We are not editing, we are writing. Doing a write-in teaches us to do just that: Write.
Hope to see you this evening!
A. Catherine Noon and
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