Posts from November, 2011

More Than Just a NaNo Group

There’s been a lot of discussion this year about how our group seems to have become much more than just another writing group… compared to past years, the┬ácamaraderie of this year has far surpassed anything we’ve seen in our region before. We’re not just a bunch of writers, we’re friends… but what happens when November ends?

People go their own ways, discussion slowly grinds to a halt… it’s not done on purpose, it’s just part of the natural ebb and flow of NaNo. Will this year be any different? That remains to be seen. Still, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this kind of Annual Friendship. In fact, it’s a fairly common phenomenon among any group of people who spend a period of time isolated with each other, attempting similar tasks…

Nanotoons-20111116…so what will happen on Dec. 1st? Who knows. I’d love for everyone to keep writing and keep in touch with each other–heck, I’d love a few write-ins over the course of the year–but who knows. What I do know is that this NaNo won’t be quickly forgotten, and whether you came to the Kick-Off, a write-in, or the TGIO–even just once–you’re part of our regional family now.

So keep in touch!

So much truthiness!!!

Another NaNoToon that, somehow, has captured the essence of our group in the final panel… LOL. ┬áRecognize yourself in this one? ;)

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Yep… this is us!

Nanotoons-2011-0008…have you been reading NaNo toons?

This is just like our group… except replace “controller” with “Skyrim” or “Assassin’s Creed Revelations”… heh.

Rounding the Corner on 20k…

Good Week Two, Wrimosaurs!

I hope you’re enjoying week two, whether you’re pumped up on caffeine and chocolate, or you’re holed up on your couch with your laptop and a glaring screen… whether the words are pouring out of you, or you have to open a vein and bleed onto the page every time you try to write.

It doesn’t matter how you do it. It just matters that you’re trying.

There’s no right or wrong way to enter the creative process. Actually, I’m lying — the wrong way to do it is by giving up before you even start… to not try at all is failure.

So if you’re looking at the word counts of those around you and thinking “this is insane, why am I bothering?”, then I’m here to tell you something: Yes, it IS insane. No one’s denying that. But you’re bothering because you have a story to tell.

You have something creative and wonderful and glorious and ALL YOURS that needs to come out. The same thing is true for all creative types: I don’t care if you’re a writer or a painter or a dancer or you build castles out of Legos, or even if you’re into carving those creepy doll faces out of apples. That’s creativity, and to stifle it is to cripple the soul of who you are as a human being.

Grab yourself another cup of tea / coffee / Coke / apple juice / beer / wine and glue those fingers to the keyboard.

Let the words come as they will.

Stop comparing yourself to those around you. It’s YOUR creative self on the line, and that’s all that matters.

You can tell your story, and we’re all here to support you.

After all, we’re on this crazy journey together.

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Want an extra boost? Come to the write-in this Saturday at Coffee Culture, starting @ 2pm!

We’ll be doing THREE, count ‘em, THREE word wars. Starting on the half hour, to ensure that YOU get the most out of this weekend’s write-in.

Then when we’re done, stick around for some after-writing socializing time! Have some food to recharge that brain matter and congratulate yourself on words well written.

Pop over to the regional forum for more details!

Welcome to Week Two

How’s your word count?

Staying on target? Surging ahead? Feeling behind?

No worries! It’s week two, which tends to be the time when people start to lose a little bit of steam, but still have plenty of time to catch up. If you’re thinking you’re too behind to bother, you’re wrong! There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so even if you’re writing into your story what you ate for breakfast this morning, who cares?! You’re writing, and that’s what matters.

Here’s the thing: By taking on this challenge and writing every day, even if it’s crap (and it will be, most of the time… that’s what first drafts are for!) you’re allowing yourself to grow not only in your writing skills, but also in your ability to think creatively. So what if chapter two is just a list of all the stuff you did last Monday? You wrote it down, and I bet you embellished with a few details you hadn’t considered until the words hit the page.

That’s thinking creatively! You’re training your brain to work in different ways, to see the world with new eyes, and to be open to possibilities.

Week two is your chance to really lock down that inner editor and let the creative juices flow. When the editor knocks on your window and tries to creep back inside, tell it to take a hike! Break through the block by freewriting, or ask for help in our forum or Facebook group.

We’re all in this together. :)

…and while you’re at it, hit up this week’s write-ins! There’s one tonight @ 7pm (Blue Dog) and another one on Saturday @ 2pm (Coffee Culture). We’ll be there to cheer you on and help torture–uh, “grow” your characters.

You can do it!!!

We’re in the Paper!

Read the article on NaNo in Brantford here:

Putting Pen to Paper

…or check your mailboxes today/tomorrow to see it in print on page 21! Thanks to reporter Lauren Baron for putting the article together, and Mike Machado for his photography.

…also, photos from the Kick-Off will be gathered together in one place early next week. There are some pics up on Facebook, and a few more sent to me for posting either directly up here or through a photo sharing service that will be directly linked to the photo page on this website. Not sure which option will work best yet, gotta check with my “tech guy.” But they’ll be up ASAP! (So… likely Monday.)

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Don’t forget… write-in this Saturday @ 2pm, Coffee Culture in Brantford (downtown, Harmony Square)!!! Come on down and write write write!!! There’s also a second write-in being held in Port Dover for those far-away “official region members”… check our NaNo forum for details!

Happy writing, everyone! Your goal: 10k by Sunday!!!