Monthly Archives: October 2012

Get Ready, Set, Write!

Get Ready, Set, Write!

Greetings Fellow Authors,

In just a few minutes, our exciting journey begins. Whether you have your entire novel plotted out and fully developed or you plan to sit in front of your screen with no idea in mind, or like me, are somewhere in-between, we’re in for a wonderfully fun ride.

Remember to pack the bags for your inner editor and inner critic and send them on their way to a month long vacation. They are neither needed nor wanted this month. This is a month for just writing for the sheer joy of it. And do write. This first day write something. Anything. Just start writing. Get your juices flowing with those first few words and then let those words go forth and multiply like rabbits. You have a story that is ready to be told!

The biggest contributing factor to those who do not succeed in NaNo is that they don’t write. Simple, huh? So try to write every single day, even if it’s only 15 words. You’re still 15 words closer to your goal.

To help get you started with those first few words, we’ll have our first write in of the month tomorrow night (Thursday 1st) at the Pie Factory in East Lansing. Come join Alaina and me as we kick off the month together.

We will also have a chat room up and running in a few days. Those of you who can’t make it to a write in will be able to chat with each other there. We can also have one or two scheduled virtual write-ins during the month. I’ll post all of the information as soon as it is set up.

If you would like to see how your word counts compare to others, be sure to stop by this thread and post a note. We have 7 so far, but with several hundred participants in our region, there is room for many, many more. It would be awesome to have a whole bunch of you participate in this.

Well it’s almost midnight and I’m thinking about staying up until 1 am to jump start the season. I’m much more of a morning person, so we’ll see how this goes. If I’m a little blurry eyed tomorrow night at the write in, you’ll know my NaNo insomnia got the best of me. But if I have my words done by the time I head to the office tomorrow, it will be well worth it.

Happy writing everyone and I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow at the pie factory!



As Contemplative Cat and I were plotting, I mean, planning out events and information for our region this year the topic of a blog or website arose. Why? Some of the features that we wanted the site for will become apparent in time, but a few of the primary reasons were that we wanted a place where we could upload information, share supplemental NaNo things and do some functionality beyond the forums.

To be clear – this is not a replacement for and our regional forums.

Another reason for a site in addition to our Facebook group is, and I know this sounds crazy, there are actually members of our region that are not on Facebook. Take a deep breath. This has not yet caused the world to end.

Here are some of the things that will be appearing on here soon:

  • Write-In Dates & Locations
  • Blog Posts with tips and other information
  • Writing resources
  • Fun that shall not be named (just yet)
  • etc. etc. etc.

We’ll have information on how you can get involved with making our site awesome very, very soon.


This could all just be a cover for a secret desire to be more like nanolanta. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.