NaNoWriMo and the Crazy-Busy Month of November

Not to brag or anything (okay, I am) but I absolutely love my writing group. We may chat a little (okay, a lot) but we are supportive, sweet, and – come November – we are extra-dedicated to the craft; every November, we focus on NaNoWriMo.

“Na-wha? “

National Novel Writing Month. It is a worldwide event where people work hard to write 50,000 words toward one single writing project. For most of us, it is a novel. For some of us (like myself, this year) we pick other projects to work on. This year I will be working on a string of short stories that all happen in one strange little town.

Anyway, every November WFPS (that’s the name of my writers group) hosts public write-ins. Okay, so our group is always open to the public. However, this next month will be filled with themed write-ins. This year, our schedule looks a little bit like this:

11/1/14: Writing Down The “Bones” Halloween Write-In
Come in your Halloween costume, dressed as one of your characters, or as your favorite author and start the month off with WFPS. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats. Not to mention, plenty of leftover Halloween Candy.

11/8/14: Pajama & Pasta Write-In
Come in comfy pajamas, enjoy a pasta meal, and write ’til your fingers fall off. Bring your laptop, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, and the pleasant company. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

11/15/14: Potluck
Don’t worry about what to eat. Bring a dish and enjoy the company, food, and incredible wordsmithi-ness that is NaNoWriMo. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

11/22/14: “Stone Soup Day”
Bring an ingredient for the soup pot and have a nice warm bowl while you write. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

11/29/14: “No Turkey Gets Left Behind”
Bring your turkey day leftovers (get them out of your fridge once and for all) and enjoy some coffee and finish up your word count for the month. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

I have to admit that my favorite write-ins always involve wearing my pajamas. I even joked (okay, so I was serious) about making pajamas into our official uniform.

Next month will be packed with work, NaNoWriMo festivities and writing, wedding planning, planning for the big move next year, and holiday planning. Any other person would be stressed with the thought of having so many projects but I am ecstatic. I love being busy and staying motivated!

I’ll be posting NaNo, fiction-writing, time management, and motivation tips for the next month. If there’s anything specific that you’d like to know about, don’t hesitate to ask.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are your thoughts about the event? Do you have any tips for staying motivated during a busy schedule? Do you have any organizational tips to share? I’d love to hear from you! Go ahead and write down your thoughts and questions in the comment section below.

Love, Joy

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