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virtual write ins for november

Greetings, WriMos!

Our calendar is almost finalized (barring tornadoes, snowstorms, and the wayward zombie apocalypse). Tabby and I just added the virtual write ins for this upcoming month. Here’s a few things you ought to know about our virtual write ins.

What is a virtual write-in, exactly?

I’m so glad you asked! WriMos are invited to log into chatnano.net while you’re writing to chat with us–you know, cheer other WriMos on, commiserate about your plot bunnies, and in general remind yourself that you aren’t alone in this great big novelling challenge.

How do I register for chatnano.net?

Before you can actually get into our chatroom, you’ll need to register your NaNoWriMo name for the chatroom’s client. Instructions:

*****WRIMO REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS*****

WriMos who used the chat rooms last year should go to the login page. Newbies need to register first.

WriMos go to this URL: http://chatnano.net/IrcUsers/register_wrimo

  • Fill in Nick (same as here only with no spaces)
  • Choose region from drop-down menu
  • E-mail address
  • Password
  • Click Submit

​Once they are registered they ALWAYS login at http://chatnano.net/IrcUsers/login.

Put in the Nick and password they registered with.

If they prefer a client to Mibbit, they need to point their client at irc.kydance.net, port 6667, and login using the name they registered at the first URL given. If they are logging in using a client, they will need to enter their password when they do so. The command for this is /ns identify PASSWORD where they change PASSWORD to their actual password that they registered with.

What’s this Espresso Shot and why does it seem like Barb has a caffeine problem?

I plead the fifth, but I’m happy to tell you about Espresso Shots. On Friday mornings, I pledge to spend thirty minutes furiously writing. We’ll do some fun stuff, too, like weekly progress reports and the usual moral support.

What else is there to these virtual write-ins?

That’s it. A virtual write-in is us going into a chatroom. That’s really all there is to it. It may not sound like much, but writing can be a lonely venture, and writing a novel in a month even more so. A virtual space is important.

But if we’re chatting in a chatroom, we’re not really writing…

You got me there. That’s why no one is expected to spend the whole time yammering. Just sign in, say hello, and keep the chatroom running in the background so you can pop over to celebrate your victories and ask questions. Stay as long as you need, or just drop by to say hi if you like.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Writing!!

story prep workshop

I had a great time at yesterday’s workshop, WriMos!

In case you missed it, we talked about a lot of ways to plan and prep your story, because NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Here are some links we shared, plus a few more, because I love arming you with resources:

Candy Bar Scenes — Holly Lisle’s website is a treasure trove of writing inspiration and information.
Snowflake Method — Advancedfictionwriting.com has novel design down to a science, or close to it as you can get. This method is great for plotters.
Scene and Sequel, MRUs — Advancedfictionwriting.com has another great article for how to structure scenes, both large- and small-scale.
Story Engineering Beat Sheet — Storyfix.com has some great resources for story planning as well as this beat sheet.
Jami Gold’s Website — all the fill-in spreadsheets and plotting devices you could dream of, and then some.

NaNoWrimo YWP Novelist Handbook — ignore the fact that these are for kids. No, really. There is some great advice in these pages, as well as some awesome printouts.
Scrivener NaNoWriMO 2014 Free Trial — Scrivener is offering a free trial of their writing software for this year’s NaNo, from now until December 7th. If you win, you get a coupon for 50% off.
Sacred Cow of Publishing: Writing is Hard — deanwesleysmith.com tackles the myth that writing is hard.
Sacred Cow of Publishing: Writing Fast is Bad — deanwesleysmith.com tackles the myth that writing speed = writing quality.

We’re about to get very busy, WriMos. November is coming–we are ready with write-ins, workshops, and a write-a-thon. Check our calendar at nanowrimo.org or on the calendar button at the top of this page. I can’t wait to see you there.

Happy Writing!

Regional Newsletter

Here’s the latest news from PeoWriMos:

Dear Writer-Types,

We’re working hard to come up with some awesome events for PeoWriMos this year. The calendar isn’t blocked out completely yet, but as we get reservation confirmations from local businesses and libraries we’ll add them. What’s new this year: we’re partnering with libraries big time. I sent a spy in to Peoria Public Library’s North Branch location (and by sent a spy, I mean a WriMo works there), and she is setting up some great stuff for us, and for the young writer’s program! Oh, and we have another ‘spy’ at Fondulac Library (that would be me). Now that FDL has a nice big building, they have space and brainstorming ideas to make this NaNo the craziest ever. Check out our calendar at peowrimos@gmail.com to see the events we have so far! (link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=peowrimos%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Chicago  )

In other news, who’s this we I keep mentioning? I’m so pleased to announce that tabby-mattheessen has joined the dark side–er, I mean the volunteer team at PeoWriMos as an official ML. Make sure to welcome her the next time you see her (hopefully at this Sunday’s workshop!). I’m really happy to have her on board. She’s a hard-working writer (with a new book out and a blog) and she has some great ideas for events for us in the coming months. Say hello and send some novelling vibes!

It’s tempting to remind you how many weeks left until NaNoWriMo officially starts, but I’d rather not scare myself. So, let me just remind you about some of the great stuff we’ve got from now until November:

September 14th. Writing Workshop at Fondulac from 1-4. We’ll discuss antagonists.
October 12th. Writing Workshop at Fondulac from 1-4. We’ll discuss another aspect of storytelling craft.
October 22nd. Meet & Greet at North Branch McKenzie Room from 6-8. Meet us! Greet us! Get pumped for NaNoWriMo and make sure to get your sticker! Whee!

We’ll be in touch, writer-types. Stay tuned for another email when we get our calendar all official and full. I can’t wait to write with you.

Happy Writing,

Your ML Barb