Hey, Cats and Kittens!
It’s November 1st, the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month! You can write a novel draft any old month, but when you do NaNoWriMo, there are resources a-plenty to keep you inspired and working toward your most excellent goal:
- If you are a Vegasite, come to the Green Valley Library (on Sunset & Green Valley) for my talk and interactive workshop tonight at 6pm! (The video may be streamed live if I can figure out how to do that, but at the very least, it will be uploaded onto YouTube immediately after.)
- Ehrmagerd, SO MUCH of helpful stuff at NaNoWriMo.org! I love to use the word-count tracker, because then I can watch my slow but unceasing progress toward SUCCESS!
- And this initial message from the NaNo folks to Vegas-area writers, which I am including in its entirety below. It lists writing meet-ups for the next week in the Valley, but no matter where you are (within reason), there is a meet-up close to you, I guarantee! Just look on the NaNoWriMo site and you shall find like-minded writerly types!
Good luck, godspeed, and get going!
And so it begins! Have you started writing yet? If not, that’s okay. You have the whole rest of the day to get a good start on your novel. If you need some help and inspiration, we have at least one write-in every single day in November. Yep, you heard right. Take a look at the next seven days worth of write-ins:
- Tuesday 11/1 – Panera Bread (Lake Mead/Tenaya) – 6pm – 9pm
- Wednesday 11/2 – The Writer’s Block (Downtown) – 6pm – 7:30pm
- Thursday 11/3 – Bruno’s Pizza (Southwest) – 5pm – 8pm
- Friday 11/4 – Buffalo Wild Wings (North LV) – 10:30pm – 1:30am **21+ only
- Saturday 11/5 – Wetlands Cafe (Southeast) – 9am – 2pm
- Sunday 11/6 – The Writer’s Block (Downtown) – 12pm – 3pm
- Monday 11/7 – Moe’s (Downtown Summerlin) – 5pm – 8pm
The Las Vegas Romance Writers are also hosting a write-in on Saturday, November 5th from 10am to 1pm. They have reserved space at the Sundance Grill in Silverton Casino. They have a lot of fun stuff planned and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about their group. Check out the LVRWA website for more information: http://lvrwa.org/
As always, click here to check out the regional calendar for full details on every write-in, including addresses, menu links, and descriptions. The calendar is your soulmate. The calendar is always there for you. Our regional forum is getting lots of activity right now too, so make sure to stop by.
Now that you know where to find us, let’s get to our weekly pep talk. Our amazing head volunteer, Kyo, has written a fabulous day one pep talk for you. Take it away, Kyo!
Right now, you’re probably feeling pretty excited about your story, and with good reason! You are a pioneer, about to explore the furthest reaches of your own imagination. Adventure awaits! Maybe you’ll discover a whole colony of plot bunnies, or maybe you’ll just pick one and follow it to the very edge of the galaxy. There could be a whole new planet out there, one just waiting for you to invent people who can look up at new stars and marvel at how they got there. Like space, the possibilities are endless!
However…at some point, you’re going to run into problems. Maybe you’ll run out of fuel in week two. Maybe you’ll follow that plot bunny right into a dead end or an asteroid field of “this doesn’t work”. Maybe you’ll get lost. Maybe you’ll struggle because you’re certain that you arent the first person to write this story or this character. Maybe real life will contrive to ground you before you ever really get going.
Don’t give up.
That excitement you feel right now is a rare element, and it can power you through even the toughest times. Hold on to it, and remember the things you love about this idea right now. Let that excitement and love power you this month as you reach for the stars and for 50,000 words, and when that’s not enough, it’s okay to send out a distress beacon to your fellow Wrimos. We may not be able to go where you’re going, but we can cheer you on, offer advice, and remind you that you can do this. Think of us as your mission command: we can’t help you unless we know there’s a problem, but once you radio in for help, we’ll do everything we can to help make your mission a success!
And, if all else fails, remember this: if you only wrote one word, that’s still one more word than you had yesterday. Imagine your words as steps on an alien planet – each one gives you the opportunity to learn something or discover something new, and there is so much value in that experience! Don’t be ashamed if you fall behind or if you can’t finish. Be proud that you began! The most important part of being a pioneer is the willingness to try. Don’t forget to celebrate that part of yourself!
Today is the first day of your journey. Where will you go, and what will you discover? What vast new reaches will you explore? What will you learn? Anything is possible, fellow Wrimo. Anything. Are you ready? 3…2…1…blast off!
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon! Happy writing, Vegas Wrimos.