September Means It’s Officially NaNoWriMo Prep Season Now

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In my defense, I’m a Municipal Liaison (ML), so I’m planning for the actual events side, not just my novel project.

But yeah, it’s NaNoWriMo prep time.

Not for my novel, that happens the last week of October in a good year, November 1 most of the rest.  This will be my 10th year participating in the November writing challenge to create a 50,000 word novel from scratch in the 30 days of November.  It will be my second year doing so without attending in-person writing events.  This year NaNoWriMo HQ has (wisely imo) decided to not allow the organizing or advertising of in-person events associated with NaNoWriMo to protect everyone’s health and safety during the pandemic.

My very first year participating, I didn’t even know there were online forums, let alone actual human interaction events to attend.  I probably would have been too scared/shy to show up anyway.  But year two I found both, went to a Kickoff Party, and got to meet some people.  It’s been an amazing journey since then.  Some of my dearest and closest friends I’ve met through NaNoWriMo.  And I owe it all to my bestest friend and biggest fan, who actually got me started on it in the first place.  (I love you for it so much!  You know who you are.)

So what does NaNo prep look like in September?

I’m sprucing up our Discord server.  One of the other MLs in our region is running daily productivity hours.  I’m flexing my lunch hour a bit so I can join for at least part of them and either write or work on ML tasks.  We have an ML meeting coming up to lay out the plan for all of October and November and start divvying up tasks.

To be perfectly honest, it’s also never not NaNo prep season for me.

I’ve been collecting writing prompts (short phrases, sentences, or ideas heard in the wild) since December 1.  I have over 175 of them waiting to share with my region.  I expect it to be over 200 before November.  I’ve been keeping a list of ideas for November for a few months.  I randomly discuss ideas with other WriMos and my fellow MLs whenever they occur to us.  I’ve been chatting with the national ML team on the forums and Discord basically non-stop since I joined both spaces (admittedly Discord was only this past year).

In addition to all the ML NaNo prep, I’ve been thinking about how to prepare myself as a writer for the challenge.

Writing has been a bit of a struggle lately (there’s a reason last week’s post was about motivation).  My solution was to stop working on the project that was making me struggle, and return to some editing and copy editing for some old fanfic.  The original site it lived on went down, so I decided to repost it elsewhere and clean it up in the process.  I reconnected with a few old readers from the original site in the process of reposting, which really helped me remember why I write in the first place (to share a good story).  That led to drafting a bit on an incomplete story in the fanfic series.  I’m hoping this will be a nice rejuvenating palate cleanser project and then in November I can get back to original stuff again.

And that’s the current state of NaNoWriMo prep happening in my world.  I expect you’ll hear more about various aspects of it over the next couple months, and then it will be November, which I’m already excited about.

Who else is ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s #NaNoPrep Time!

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It may not be officially October yet, but I’ve already been in prep-mode for NaNoWriMo for over two weeks.  And that doesn’t count the prep I’ve been doing on and off since December.  This may have something to do with being an ML.

An ML, for those who haven’t been infected by the NaNoWriMo virus yet, is a Municipal Liaison, also known as an unpaid but very appreciated local volunteer.  Basically, we’re in charge of keeping our regional forums moderated, hosting one write-in a week, and generally being available to WriMos in our region for explanations, cheerleading, and other help.

I’m throwing around a lot of NaNo specific jargon in this one, so let me take a minute to explain my terms for those outside the community.  Continue reading

A New NaNoWriMo Adventure

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) before.  For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, it’s an amazingly fun challenge where you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  Or at least make a good attempt and meet some great fellow writers.

This year, I’m starting a new NaNoWriMo adventure.  I’ve signed up to be a Municipal Liaison.  Affectionately known as an ML, a Municipal Liaison is a local volunteer who organizes events and Write-Ins and generally supports their region during NaNoWriMo.

I have two amazing co-MLs who have been doing it for years, and I’m in an amazingly active region, both of which are going to make this an amazing year as I embark on my first year as an organizer as well as a participant.

On top of all that, I’ll still be writing 50,000 words or more in the month of November.  I expect to be busy all month and exhausted by the end, but I also expect it to be an amazingly rewarding experience because I will have no only written a draft of a novel, but I will have helped others along that path as well.

Supporting and encouraging other writers is something I’m passionate about.  I want to hear about their novels and spend time with them while we’re all in a creative frenzy.  I want to help them talk through a tricky scene or character.  I want to be on a journey beside them as we all work toward finishing our manuscripts.  And I want to be there to share the joy when others reach their 50,000 word goal, or even just the 1,667 daily par.

Being in community with other writers is an amazing feeling, and I love it almost as much as I do writing.

I’ve found that community through NaNoWriMo.  Where have you found your writing community?

 

*Title Image Courtesy of NaNoWriMo.org