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Join us Friday, November 11, 2016 for a NaNoWriMo write-in.
Time: 9-11:30 p.m. Eastern Time (EST)
Place: this page
Reason: to get those words flowing
Lock yourself away and come write with us for a couple of hours. You don’t have to join us for the entire 2 1/2 hour session, but you could.
We’ll have a couple of word sprints, one at 9:30 and one at 10:30. You’ll time yourself, but put those fingers down when the timer buzzes. There’s a timer at Nano. Or search Google for timers and choose one you like. (Make sure you can hear it so you don’t have to watch it time out.)
If we have at least five participants, we’ll have prizes for sprint winners and for the writer with the highest word count for the write-in. Only one prize per person, however.
• Know and post your word count and genre as of 9 p.m.
• Know the scene(s) or event(s) you plan to tackle before you begin—you can pants your way through the write-in, but this is one time you probably won’t want to
• Have snacks and your favorite libations at hand
• Have your timer ready
• If you have questions beforehand, post them at the Editor’s Blog NaNo Support Page. Comments on this write-in page will open on Friday evening.
That’s all there is to it. Join us Friday for some writing fun. And, no, you don’t have to be an official NaNo participant to join us for the write-in. If you want to challenge yourself to an evening of writing, you are welcome.
Welcome to the the virtual write-in. If you’re writing tonight, you are welcome here.
What we’re gonna do:
• Post your current word count by 9 p.m. EST
• Start writing at 9 p.m. EST
• First word sprint at 9:30—set your timers ahead of time for 20 minutes. I’ll remind everyone to begin, but each writer will write according to his or her own timer. Be honest—hands stop writing or typing when your timer buzzes
• Post your sprint total—just the number of words written during the 20-minute sprint. The writer with the highest number of words will win a book from my reference collection (unmarked, of course—I’ve got several duplicates).
• Write some more.
• Entertain us with a joke or two.
• Second word sprint begins at 10:30—set your timers ahead of time for 35 minutes (a marathon rather than a sprint?). Again I’ll remind everyone to begin. Stop writing or typing when your timer buzzes
• Post your sprint total—just the number of words written during the 35-minute sprint. The writer with the highest number of words will win a book from my reference collection.(Sorry, but if you win the first sprint, you can’t win a prize for the second sprint. Yeah, it might not be fair, but I’m trying to get writing resources into the greatest number of hands.)
• Write some more.
• Have a drink. Stand up and stretch.
• Stop writing at 11:30 p.m. Post your word total for the 2 1/2 hour write-in period. The writer with the highest word count for the entire write-in period who hasn’t yet won a prize will get to choose a book from my reference collection.
• Celebrate your word count and the word counts of others!
• Remember to post your word count at your NaNo page.
If you need a writing prompt, try one of these prompts
If you need a timer, try the NaNo timer
Remember to refresh this page every so often, but if you’re caught up in the writing, stay with it. That’s what we’re going for tonight, writing freely and prodigiously.
Whether you end up with 100 new words tonight or 5,000, you are ahead of where you were when the night began. Have some fun with your writing tonight—it’s okay.