It's almost time! Are you ready? Have you stocked up the fridge? Briefed your loved ones? Do you have someone else to do all the work this month? ... No, me neither.
Before we start writing, I wanted to tell you a little about what we have planned for the month.
There will be regular write-ins!
The first one is this Sunday (November 5) at Starbucks on New Street, from noon onwards. They're setting aside a section for us, so just look for a group of people hunched over laptops and notebooks. If you've never been to a write-in before, do drop in and have a go -- you'll be amazed how productive it can be! I'm going to be there for at least two hours, but feel free to come and go when you like.
Bear in mind that the main purpose of this meet is to get words down -- there will be chat & drinks breaks, but most of the time we'll be writing. It's a good idea to bring some pound coins; that way it's easy for one person to get drinks for everyone (and they'll certainly be happier to have us there when we're actually buying!).
The Sunday write-in will be a regular feature, although it might not always be in the same place -- check the regional forum for the latest information. We're also planning to have some on Saturdays and, if there is interest, we can arrange other days of the week. There is a poll on this in the forum, which will run until the end of November; at the moment, Saturday is clearly the most popular alternative, but please let us know if there's interest for other days!
At the end of the month we're going to have the traditional Thank God It's Over Party, most likely on the first weekend in December. Stay tuned for more information on that!
Those of you who came to the kick-off party already have one of Stephen's nifty Novel Writing Handouts; others can find them on his website, at http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/ns/ns_2006.htm. They're full of terribly useful writing advice and space to plan your novel, not to mention more graphs and tables to keep track of your progress!
Don't worry if you don't know what you want to write yet -- I started without a plan the last two years and things worked out just fine. One of the joys of NaNoWriMo is discovering your story as you're writing it!
If you do get stuck and need advice, commiseration, or just a shoulder to cry on, please feel free to email or PM Stephen or me (********* nanowrimo.org will get to us both). And then again, if it's going amazingly well and you just want someone to bounce at, we're happy to hear about that, too!
Good luck, happy writing, and we hope to see you at one of our meetings!
Annika & Stephen
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