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9 months ago
This is it my friends,

It's go day. Whether you're marathoning to get that last little bit in or you're sitting comfortably at 50k or + it's the last day, it's the final stretch. I believe in you, and what's more, I'm so proud to know all of you! This year was rough, for all of us regardless, and a lot of people who breezed through last year lagged behind this year.

You can make it, and when you do don't forget to validate!

-LemonTylenol
9 months ago
Today is Staff Appreciation Day! Participants all over the world are joining forces to surprise the staff behind NaNoWriMo with messages packed with our gratitude and support.

Click here to meet the staff. Then post in the central Appreciation Day threads located here and here, or tweet your thanks using the hashtag #NaNoStaffRules.

-Airshipwreck
9 months ago
It is ML appreciation day, as I'm sure you were all alerted to when signing in.

Please send your thanks to my lovely CO-MLs in this the best region!

-LemonTylenol
9 months ago
Good morning friends,

How is week two treating you? You can do this, shake out your writing hands and get back into the flow! We have some great write-ins planned so check those out on the calendar below.

Don't forget to update your word count so we can see you soaring high and don't loose faith if your engine has stalled, you got this friend.

-LemonTylenol
9 months ago
It's a bright and shiny Saturday, we've got loads of events going on this afternoon, and on top of that, it's Donation Day!

Thanks so much to every one of you who has donated even a bit to help NaNo out. You can click here to find out more about NaNo's official Donation Day activities, or if you're short on cash, check out our local Writing Marathon to boost your word count and possibly win a donation in your name.

Happy Donation Day, everyone, and good luck with those novels!

-Airshipwreck
10 months ago
It's November 2, and NaNo is well underway! How are you doing so far? Check out our general chat thread below, or our Facebook group listed in the links section, to let us know.

Also, one of our excellent local wrimos, jo-baby96, has offered to host some brand new write-ins in the Lee County area! Events have been confirmed for the 3rd and the 9th so far, at the Starbucks on NE Pine Island Rd. Check back for more to come!

If you're interested in hosting your own write-in too, check out our FAQ or the Virtual, Impromptu, & Other Write-Ins thread for more info.
10 months ago
Check the calendar below, everyone! It's been updated to reflect this year's full schedule of events. Here are some important ones you won't want to miss:

Sarasota Kickoff Party
Sunday, October 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Applebee's, 5490 Clark Rd, Sarasota FL 34233

Writer's Witching Hour
Monday, October 31, 11:00pm – 2:00am
Denny's, 1306 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33990

Hope to see you there!
-Airshipwreck
11 months ago
Hello friends,

Please join us tonight in the NaNo Chat for the first of our Weekly Novel Planning Workshops! Starting at 8:00 PM EST, we will be poking and prodding our Main Characters into shape with a series of character building questionnaires.

-LemonTylenol
11 months ago
Oh my goodness, September is almost over already. Where has the time gone?

So, for some news. We have a new Facebook group this year! If you are on Facebook, feel free to check it out. https://www.facebook.com/groups/swflnano/

We also have the 2016 introduction thread up, so please pop by and say hello!

-Staraimee
12 months ago
As we are sliding into the pre-Nano time of the year I welcome new and old friends alike to the returned Nano chats. Every Tuesday come join us and work on old manuscripts or start brain-storming for this year's project.

-LemonTylenol
over 1 year ago
Hey folks! It's been quite some time. I hope everyone is doing well.

Tomorrow the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 begins. How is it already April?! If you are participating in Camp good luck. May the words flow freely.

-Staraimee
over 1 year ago
Happy New Year SWFL! I can't believe it is 2016 already. I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season.

--Staraimee
over 1 year ago
Congratulations on surviving NaNoWriMo 2015!!

You should have just received a message with a list of upcoming events and some tips on where to take your novel next. We are continuing Tuesday and Saturday online write-ins all year, and we've edited the Lee County and Sarasota write-in threads to reflect year round events.

Good luck with your novels, everyone! Hope to write with you again soon!

-Airshipwreck
over 1 year ago
Today begins validation! Make sure you validate your novel's word count to win.

-LemonTylenol
over 1 year ago
Today is Back Up Your Novel Day! Don't forget to backup all of your precious words.

-Staraimee
over 1 year ago
Just a quick reminder that all Sarasota write-ins today (Nov 16th) will be ML-less. Have fun, and we'll see you later in the week!

-Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
As you all probably know it's ML appreciation day. Say hello and thank you to your local MLs and pat us on the head maybe? Like, in spirit, not for real, that might be weird.

And as an ML thank YOU for being the best community ever.

-LemonTylenol
almost 2 years ago
Hello friends, many apologies! The address listed for Dunkin Donuts is incorrect. Changes going out shortly, the correct address is 1662 NE Pine Island RD, Cape Coral.

If you need someone to ferry you forth to the right location send me a nano mail.

-LemonTylenol
almost 2 years ago
Hello friends and fellow word warriors!

We have two write-ins in Fort Myers today to help bolster your word counts and put us all a step above the competition. From 1:00 to 4:00 PM we'll be at the Fort Myers Regional Library in downtown Fort Myers. From 6:00 to 9:00 PM we'll be at the Starbucks off Fowler.

Come join us and bring glory unto our region! I have shiny rainbow pencils if you forget your own too.

-Quartermaster LemonTylenol
almost 2 years ago
We're officially at war (word war, that is) with two hostile regions! Check out this thread for more info. Right now we're in the lead, but it's anyone's fight.

I believe in you, SWFL!

-Admiral Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
It's November 2 and NaNo is officially underway!

If you just joined me today at Gulf Gate Library, allow me to welcome you to our online community. We're a pretty awesome group if I do say so myself, and we're glad to have you with us.

It's already shaping up to be a record-breaking year for us here in SWFL, so keep up the good work, everyone! You're doing great!

-Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
I know we have a few new members and a few familiar faces returning today, so welcome, everyone! Hoping to see lots of you tonight at the Writer's Witching Hour.

Happy Halloween and happy almost-NaNo!

-Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
The Sarasota end of the region is having our kick-off at IHOP today! Join us at 6:00 this evening in the private room right near the entrance (or ask where to find the writers). All you need to bring is yourself...and maybe some spare change for pancakes, if you like.

Everyone is welcome, no need to RSVP. See you there!

-Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
Hello my fellow Writers!

Today is the Kick Off Party in Lee County (but other regions are MORE than welcome to join us.) We'll be doing a general meet and greet at Pho Vinh in Cape Coral starting at 5:00 PM, directions linked in the calendar! No writer's tools necessary, rest those hands up in preparation for the first!

-LemonTylenol
almost 2 years ago
We have 10 days left until NaNoWriMo begins! Are you ready? (I'm nowhere near ready, but that's half the fun of NaNo.)

We've got lots of events coming up in the next week, so be sure to keep an eye on the calendar. Check out our new Twitter account too! You'll find it in the Links section at the bottom right.

-Airshipwreck
almost 2 years ago
Good morning everyone, we're coming into the first week of October and in preparation for November we have five events you might like to attend if you're in the southern half of the region. Check the calendar below for the Library Orientations!

New or returning members are encouraged to attend! Learn what NaNoWriMo is, why you should participate, and ask some questions. I might even have answers to them! (And if I do not I will go find the answers and then tell you later.)

-LemonTylenol
almost 2 years ago
Hey everyone! We're coming up on October, and you may have noticed that our region has four MLs this year! Scroll down to say hi in the Official 2015 Introductions Thread.

We're getting this year's write-in schedule together now, but don't be shy about posting in the pre-season planning thread if you're hoping to see events that fit your schedule.

- Airshipwreck
about 2 years ago
Hello SWFL WriMos, I hope everyone has had a good year so far. We are into August already, and that means we've got less than three months until the start of NaNoWriMo 2015. We want to hear from each of you. When, where, and how often would you like to attend write ins? Please post on the forum to let us know what works for you.

There will be more information out in the coming months leading up to NaNoWriMo. I hope to see everyone this November!

-Ashley (staraimee)
about 2 years ago
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this session of CampNaNoWriMo!

As the last few minutes of July wind down, I'm realizing that we have just three months until November 1st. Until then, keep writing SWFL WriMos! You all are truly amazing and inspiring.

--Staraimee
about 2 years ago
The July Camp session has now started! Good luck to everyone who is participating.

--Staraimee
about 2 years ago
July's Lee County meetups have been added to the calendar below, including two Camp NaNo write-ins. Sarasota County meetups will be posted soon.

We're over halfway through June now -- only two weeks left until Camp opens again!
about 2 years ago
Camp NaNo is coming up again, starting July 1! Signups and cabin creation are open now.

Details on June's two meetups have been added to the first post in the Off-Season Meetup thread below.
over 2 years ago
Online meetup tonight, April 30! We'll be having an End-Of-Camp Writing Marathon in our chatroom from 5pm to midnight.
over 2 years ago
Double-check the calendar below! Some changes to April meetup times have been made. Interested in a writing marathon on the 30th? Post here in the forum or in our local cabin to let us know.
over 2 years ago
Our usual chatnano login link is working once more! You can still log in through the link posted below, if you prefer.

Keep an eye on the calendar too, we're making some minor changes to meetup times, and considering adding a few more to make up for recent scheduling errors.

-Airshipwreck
over 2 years ago
Chatnano is having some trouble, so please use Mibbit and log in through http://chatnano.kydance.net/ until further notice. Thanks!
over 2 years ago
The Camp NaNo April session meetup master list can be found here, or on the calendar below.

Good luck and have fun, campers!
over 2 years ago
Camp NaNoWriMo opens in April! Find out more here.
over 2 years ago
We now have twice-weekly online write-ins! Join us in the SWFL NaNo chat room on Tuesday and Saturday evenings, from 8pm EST to 10 or later. Everyone is welcome, even if you're from out of the area or haven't NaNoed with us before.

Interested in a morning write-in, or in attending our monthly Lee County and Sarasota County writers' groups? Click on the off-season meetup list linked below.
over 2 years ago
Happy New Year, SWFL! Here are some quick links that will help you keep up with our community in 2015.

-Post-NaNo resources and support
-Off-season meetup list
over 2 years ago
12:03am, December 1 -- we did it!

You and I and over 200 others wrote more than 6,500,000 collective words this November.

Sleep well, SWFL, and stay tuned for some tips on finishing your novels, editing, publishing, and keeping in touch with your fellow writers in the weeks to come.

-Airshipwreck
over 2 years ago
Hope everyone had a peaceful holiday! Here's what you might have missed:

- Our SWFL vs Iowa Word War
- RSVPing for the Fort Myers TGIO Party
- Shiny new validation guide

There are still Sarasota, North Port, Fort Myers, and online write-ins yet to come! If anyone's interested in setting up a face-to-face write-in on the last day of the month, let's talk about it here.

Good luck, everyone!

-Airshipwreck
over 2 years ago
It's Staff Appreciation Day! If you're having fun, let the NaNo staff know here or here, or on the Twitter hashtag #NaNoStaffRules.

We are officially in the last week of November! You'll be on par to win if you have 40k words by the end of the day. Wherever you are, however much you've written, keep going! The end is in sight!

-Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
Welcome, new writers who are joining us from the Gulf Gate Library program! We hope you'll feel at home here in our regional forum. Remember, you can contact your MLs with any questions by visiting our profiles to the right and clicking "send NaNoMail", or by emailing swflnano@gmail.com.

Quick reminder for Lee County writers -- the Panera write-in on the 16th now begins at 1:30 pm, in an attempt to avoid the lunchtime crowd. Hope to see you there!

-Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
It's that time of year when many of us start to slow down and feel discouraged about our novels -- the dreaded Week Two! How are you holding up? Let us know here in the forum, or at tomorrow night's virtual write-in.

Never give up, writers! All words are good words.

-Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
The issue below should be resolved now! Happy writing, forum posting, and word-count-updating, everyone.
almost 3 years ago
Hi, writers. Just wanted to let you know that I'm currently getting 404 errors when trying to post to the forums or update my word count. This is a known issue, and if you're experiencing it too, you may find a workaround here: http://nanowrimo.org/forums/tech-help-site-bug-reports/threads/186070

Please direct your questions to Staraimee or contact me via gmail (swflnano@gmail.com) or Twitter (@airshipwreck) until this is resolved!

-Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
Tonight is the night! NaNo begins in just a few hours.

We'll be doing some last minute novel planning at our virtual kickoff at 9pm, and if you live near Naples, North Port, or Fort Myers, make sure you've got this weekend's write-ins on your schedule.

Speaking of schedules, we get a free extra hour of writing soon! At 2am on November 2, Daylight Savings Time ends, so make sure to turn your clocks back.

Good luck, everyone!

-Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
Five days until November!!

For those of you who attended the Cape Coral kickoff last night, I hope you all had fun.

If you are planning on attending the Sarasota kickoff on Thursday at 5pm an RSVP isn't required but it is appreciated. We will be located in the private room of the IHOP on US 41 and Bee Ridge.

Don't forget, we have a virtual planning session tonight from 8pm - 10pm, details are listed on the calendar. If you have any problems accessing the chat, let us know and we will help you to the best of our abilities.

Upcoming events:
Tuesday 10/28 - Virtual planning session 8pm - 10pm
Thursday 10/30 - Sarasota IHOP kickoff party 5pm - 8pm
Friday 10/31 - Virtual kickoff party 9pm - 1am
Saturday 11/1 - North Port Library kickoff party 12pm - 1:30pm
Saturday 11/1 - Naples Starbucks write-in 1pm - 3pm
Sunday 11/2 - Ft. Myers Panera kickoff/write-in 12:30pm - 3:30 pm

If you're a planner, have you gotten your outlines completed already, or are you rushing to finish up? If you're a pantser like me, are you nervous or excited? Let us know in the forum below. If you want to talk about something but don't see the right place, feel free to start a new thread!

-Staraimee
almost 3 years ago
Welcome to those of you who have joined us through the Sarasota library orientation sessions! We're glad to have you here.

Have you checked the calendar lately? There's a new event in Cape Coral on Oct. 26, courtesy of local wrimos. Click on the event for details, and be sure to RSVP!

And don't forget about our other upcoming events. Scroll down to the note just below this for more information. Since we have more Sarasota County residents around than ever before, we'd appreciate a NaNoMail or forum post to let us know if you'll be joining us at IHOP on the 30th.

Have you participated in any of our forum threads or considered starting your own? Don't be shy! We want to hear about your stories and experiences as we get closer to November. 13 days to go!

-- Airshipwreck
almost 3 years ago
The site relaunch is complete! How do you guys like the new dashboard? As always, if you have any questions let us know, we're both available via NaNoMail or at swflnano@gmail.com to meet any of your WriMo needs!

Coming up this week:
10/14 - Gulf Gate Library Orientation
10/15 - North Port Library Orientation (requires registration)

Before November:
10/28 - Virtual planning session
10/30 - Kick-off @ Sarasota IHOP
10/31 - Virtual kick-off

Our official kick-off party is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th at the Sarasota IHOP on US 41 at 5pm. We hope to see you all there! This is a family friendly event, and we'll have goodie bags for children and adults. For more information, see the calendar below.

If you can't make it to the Sarasota kick-off but you want to hold one closer to home, get us the details and we'll add it to the calendar.

Only 18 days until November 1st. Can you feel the excitement growing? I can!

-Staraimee
almost 3 years ago
The forum wipe and site relaunch are happening this week, and details on this year's events and write-ins are coming soon. 25 days to go!
almost 3 years ago
NaNo 2014 is only two months away! The SWFL region has two brand new MLs and lots of plans for November. Check the sticky at the top of the forum for more details.

Is anyone else starting to get excited? I know I am!

- Airshipwreck

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Meet your MLs

Airshipwreck Winner!
  • Joined February 11, 2013
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Florida
  • Age 29
staraimee Winner!
  • Joined November 5, 2009
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Sarasota
  • Age 28
LemonTylenol Winner!
  • Joined October 16, 2006
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Fort Myers, Florida
  • Age 32

About us

Currently home to over 200 active writers, the SWFL region is more than ready to welcome new writers into the fold! Come see what we're all about, whether you're from Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Immokalee or the Everglades!

Use #SWFLNaNo on Twitter!
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