It’s National Novel Writing Month 2017 and while I am a year-round writer, there is an electricity in the foggy mornings and moonlit evenings, knowing that for 30 days, laptops are humming overtime everywhere at the same time with new creative projects. Here are four ways I stay in the race to complete 50,000 words by Nov. 30:
- I write daily. I got off to a slow start because I traveled to Richmond, Virginia this past weekend for the annual meeting of the Virginia Writers Club, but I’m back to the laptop today. My goal is 2,000 words a day to get caught up.
- I buddy up. I check in with a closed Facebook group of writers I met through Camp NaNoWriMo this past spring, led by author PM Hernandez. Find your own group online, or start one yourself.
- I brake for fill ups. Like any race, I need fuel. NaNoWriMo’s emails and regional sections (for me that’s NaNo RDU – Raleigh-Durham) offers tips from the pros and encouragement for those who feel stuck or get discouraged.
- I meet face-to-face. I host weekly Write-Ins for local writers (except Thanksgiving week) at Grapes & Grounds, a coffee and wine shop at 135 S Third Street in Smithfield, North Carolina. The Write-Ins are Thursday, Nov. 9, 16 and 30 from 4 to 6 pm. On-street parking, free wifi, excellent coffee, wine and food.
It’s not too late to join NaNoWriMo and start your own writing project. Visit nanowrimo.org for details! If you’re reluctant, but still want to network with other writers, check out the North Carolina Writers Network at ncwriters.org.