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5 months ago
Author Catherine Brennan leads a workshop on Orson Scott Card's MICE Quotient at Saturday's Journey meeting (2014-03-08). All are welcome; bring your own lunch. 11:30 am-3 pm at the Lunch room in the lower level of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville.
7 months ago
The Journey's Accountability Path begins Saturday, 21 December (see Calendar) at the Woodridge Public Library, 1:30-3:30 pm.
8 months ago
Jabber meetings have been moved to Thursday nights, 8-9 pm!
8 months ago
Don't forget to sign up for the TGIO party. You don't need to have won to come out and have fun. Come celebrate the adventure! Bring your friends and family! And don't forget your stuffed animals for the group photo!
9 months ago
9 months ago
Need incentive to write more for the next week (through 23 November). Join Tim's 18K challenge that is based on your wordcount gain from 16-23 November!
9 months ago
If you're feeling bogged down, which often happens in the middle of a novel, remember, it takes much longer to write a scene than it does to read it. Just because it feels slow while writing doesn't mean the scene is too long, or too slow. Get it down and move on.
9 months ago
If you're having trouble getting started, just get something on the page. Jen shared her great beginning which went something like, "I guess I have to start somewhere, so I'm going to start here." (I can't remember her exact words, but the point is to just start writing. That is true of each scene as well as the beginning of the book.)
KatherineWriting
9 months ago
Today is a good day to bookmark our events page -- naperwrimo.org/events and plan out your writing strategy for the next several days. Good luck!
9 months ago
Thanks to everyone who made our potluck kick-off party such a fun success! You can see pictures from the event on our blog.
9 months ago
Don't forget to bring your stuffed animal to the kick-off party today (for our group photo)! Looking forward to seeing everybody. Looks like we will have plenty of food, so last minute guests should not be a problem--don't be shy.
9 months ago
Don't forget to RSVP for our pot-luck lunch kick-off party this Saturday (26 October)! Everyone should also bring their favorite stuffed animal for the group photo.
10 months ago
Notes and pictures from Roger Lubeck's preparatory workshop 12 October are now available. Don't miss the final workshop in the series 19 October, Keeping your readers engaged, presented by Frank Dahlman.
10 months ago
Notes from the 5 October workshop (Characters are story) are now available on naperwrimo.org. Roger Lubeck will be leading the third of our four planned workshops Saturday, October 12th at the 95th Street Library in Naperville.
10 months ago
First prep workshop went great--thank you Todd! See Tim's notes at our blog.

Next session is this Saturday (5 October) at Nichol's Library in Naperville from 1-3 pm. Katherine Lato's "Characters are Story" session is an exercise-intensive workshop that will cover characters: getting them to do things, having reasons for what they do, keeping backstory short, avoiding flat characters, and having bad stuff happen. The exercises can be used to explore the characters in your novel, or to help find the story in the characters. Katherine will also share tips for how to finish the first draft in November, something she has done every year since she joined NaNoWriMo in 2006.
10 months ago
First prep session is this Saturday--September 28th -- at the Warrenville Library. Todd will discuss NaNoWriMo's goal of 50,000 words in 30 days, why a writer might want to accept the challenge, some ways to hit the goal, and some of the hurdles that the writer might expect during those 30 days. We'll explore ways to get ready for November, how to get oneself psyched and excited to begin writing, and how to maintain that enthusiasm through 30 days. We'll talk about the other sessions that are offered, the benefits of associating with the Journey, and writing in general.
11 months ago
We're offering several preparatory workshops to help people get started on planning their novels. The first one is Saturday, September 28 at Warrenville Library. Information can be found at: http://naperwrimo.org/events for this and all our events.
about 1 year ago
Have you started thinking about your novel for November? Summer is a great time to play with ideas, seeing what excites you, what you might want to pursue, and gather background data. Yes, it really can be time to get started.
over 1 year ago
Looking for ideas on how to tackle that first draft? See this thread.
over 1 year ago
Congratulations for every word written during November!

Win or lose, come to the TGIO party on Saturday, Dec. 8th - RSVP here with what you're bringing to our awesome potluck.

If you can't make it -- there's an alternate the following Thursday evening.

We'll talk a bit about the Journey (our year-round writing group) and share a lot of laughs. If you RSVP, Dave will know to include you in his icebreakers, Tim will make you a special award card, and Katherine will bring a purple bar. So, sign up!
over 1 year ago
You can only validate up to 11:59 on November 30th--make sure your time zone is correct, and validate as soon as you get above 50K . You can keep writing and updating your word count, but if you wait until the very last minute to validate, the site might be too slow or you may be a few words short -- the site counts words differently than some tools.

There will be people on jabber chat cheering people on. And some coffee shop write-ins today.

Win or lose -- come to the TGIO!
over 1 year ago
Don't forget to validate -- if you have 50K, then do it now. You can keep writing. You only have to validate once, then you can just update your word count like you do now. But if you wait until the last minute, the site might be slow. (Also, you might want to verify that your time zone is correct if you plan on writing right up to midnight on Friday.)
over 1 year ago
Need something to push yourself a bit more? Sign up for the 18K challenge. Tim counts the words you wrote since the 22nd (not just from when you sign up.)
See this thread.
over 1 year ago
It's not too early to
RSVP to our pot-luck Thank Goodness It's Over Party!

Need motivation to write through the Thansgiving weekend? Post your word count goal for Sunday evening in this thread, then track your progress here. Need motivation to write till the end of the month? Take the 18k, 7 day, 20 nanobots challenge (Track your progress here). Top wordcount in the second challenge wins this nanoborg:
over 1 year ago
It's not too early to RSVP to our pot-luck Thank Goodness It's Over Party!

Need motivation to write over Thanksgiving weekend?
Post your word count goal for Sunday evening in this thread, then track your progress here.
over 1 year ago
Further evolution of the nanoborg bot (available 25 November at the 95th Street Library); and I am starting work on a new series of black nanobots...
over 1 year ago
Not yet finished, but here is the start of the nanobot borg, which I probably will give away in a word war at the 95th Street Library write-in November 25th:
over 1 year ago
Need a tiny name card to balance atop your laptop so others can see your first name and NaNoWriMo handle? Here is a PDF you could print to cardstock (or print out on paper, cut out and then glue to cardboard). It makes six placards (each 2"x4", or, when folded, 1"x4")

over 1 year ago
Don't forget to add yourself to our regional wordcount graph--it is a great motivational tool to see how you are doing relative to the others in the region. See the graph and NaNo Faces page.
over 1 year ago
Photos from the kick-off are now available, including the signed small poster you can download and print out.

over 1 year ago
All right. I felt the pressure, so in addition to gold paperclips that can be chained together, I'll
also be awarding the following creatures at write-ins.


KatherineWriting
almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago
Did you add anything to your outline from the writing exercise at the kick-off? (If you missed the kickoff, the exercise is posted in this thread.

Commit to a write-in--so people know you're coming and so you know you're committing to it.
almost 2 years ago
Just a reminder that we have a standing jabber chat meeting on Thursday nights at 8 pm. Stop by for some writing-related chat and writing exercises.

almost 2 years ago
See our calendar of fall events and our Frequently Asked Questions (faq). Visit our useful resources for writers. Need more help?. This fall, we will have NaNoBots (visit the store)!
almost 2 years ago
Today is a good day to start your planning for NaNoWriMo 2012. Tomorrow is all right, but today is better.
over 2 years ago
Look at the threads below for information on the Journey--and check out the google calendar for get-togethers with other writers. Feel free to plan more by creating a thread below.
over 2 years ago
Take our survey! Help us plan for next year!
over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago
RSVP for the Dec 3 TGIO! Sat Nov 26 write-in? Join the Journey (year-round writing group)!
over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago
In response to requests to have graphs that people can see themselves on, we've created a number of threads with 'Graph for ...'
Please pick the thread that will most motivate you, or where you can help motivate others. Note, it takes an hour or two to see yourself on the graph.
over 2 years ago
If you can't make it to a write-in, think about logging in to jabber chat. Rumors are that word wars run rampant there. Or do write-ins and jabber chats multiple times. Many people find word wars very useful to stay focused.
over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago
The Naperville region's wordcount graph is now available. You can add yourself to the graph by introducing yourself to the region.
over 2 years ago
Let us know if you have any questions. Be sure to introduce yourself.
almost 3 years ago
Almost time to begin writing (Nov 1st). Take note of the write-ins on the google calendar or at our events page. Try to start with a bang! Ready, set, ...

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Welcome to the Naperville region! (introduce yourselves!) 119 11 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
about 1 month ago
by NewMexicoKid
The Year Round Writing Group: The Journey 38 8 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
5 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
The Big Naperville Word Count Graph and NaNo Faces Page 79 9 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
9 months ago
by Basil Cliffside
Writer's Group @ 95th Street Naperville Public Library 1 about 1 month ago
by Tygon14
about 1 month ago
by Tygon14
Writer's Voice Workshop 5 4 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
about 1 month ago
by NewMexicoKid
Mark your calendars for NaNo events 1 3 months ago
by KatherineWriting
3 months ago
by KatherineWriting
Twisted Westerns: short story anthology looking for authors 1 3 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
3 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
April Camp Cabin? 2 4 months ago
by Spellguns
4 months ago
by callalily05
Accountability Path 1 6 months ago
by writertodd07
6 months ago
by writertodd07
Anyone still writing? Working towards the Lulu deadlines (Dec 31 and Feb 14)? 2 8 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
7 months ago
by silverwolf42
Email with Winner Codes? 3 7 months ago
by PBJ63010
7 months ago
by PBJ63010
Writing tips, advice, neat resources found... 19 10 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
Thanks 2 8 months ago
by beachpig
8 months ago
by silverwolf42
Photos from the TGIO Celebratory Potluck Lunch Party - December 7th 61 9 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by Dark Angel Bakura
Regional E-mail Messages 13 11 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
8 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
I can't believe that .... 8 8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
Using Critique Circle 1 8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
I'm Proud and Pleased that .... 14 8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by ziplizard
November 30th Write-In, Anyone? 17 8 months ago
by TypesetJez
8 months ago
by TypesetJez
Character graveyard 30 9 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
8 months ago
by Sapphire
Week Four + -- Writing Prompts 18 9 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by TRRDEDEAN
Bonus November Writing Prompt -- COOKIE AWARDS! 25 9 months ago
by Squiddish
8 months ago
by catatone1
Mark Your Calendar for Next Year 8 8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by Dark Angel Bakura
Turning November Writing Prompts into a Short Story 2 8 months ago
by KatherineWriting
8 months ago
by Squiddish
Cooking Horror Stories? 19 9 months ago
by TypesetJez
8 months ago
by Sapphire
Late discoveries in the end game... 5 8 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
8 months ago
by Dark Angel Bakura
Don't forget to validate once you're past 50,000 words! 6 8 months ago
by NewMexicoKid
8 months ago
by AmaranthMuse
I'm done 4 8 months ago
by CJEGV
8 months ago
by AmaranthMuse
Avalanche on the Avs! 4 8 months ago
by AmaranthMuse
8 months ago
by AmaranthMuse
Words Left Per Day-- misleading! 3 8 months ago
by catatone1
8 months ago
by AmaranthMuse