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4 months ago
Can you believe it? Not too long ago, it felt like we had forever stretching out before us, and now, faster than seems possible, we are halfway through this mad-dash month of noveling nonsense. How are you holding up, writer? Make sure you take some time every now and then to take care of YOU. Your novel will thank you for it.

Whether you've already crossed the finish line (I see you, writers who have already soared past 50k); or you are still lost in the woods, finding your way out of the beginning of your book; or you are steadily marching along, exactly paced to hit your goal at the end of the month...we all have one thing in common:

We've stuck with it.

Middles are hard. Many a book is abandoned in the middle. The rush of discovery is wearing off. That initial adrenaline burst that had you throwing words on the page is being replaced by fatigue and exhaustion. You may feel like you're trudging through a swamp, wondering if you'll ever make it to the other side.

Grab your towel. Don't panic. This is totally normal. And it will end.

Because after the middle? You get the end. You'll pull out of the swamp on an upward swing. The excitement will return, and before you know it, you'll be back to flinging words into your manuscript, racing closer and closer to the finish. You've made it halfway - that's the hard part, y'all. Because now you KNOW you can do it. 15 days of writing? Easy peasy. You just did it.

Now go do it again!



~Rae, in Great Falls
5 months ago
Ah, the dreaded Week Two. Sapper of motivation, crusher of spirits, scourge of all things fun.

But Week Two doesn’t have to be a nightmare for writers around the globe. It absolutely has earned its reputation as the roughest stretch of NaNo, but instead of hitting the metaphorical wall and slumping to the ground in defeat, consider this a sign that it’s time to recommit to your writing.

Week One is always a blast, mostly because it’s comparably easy. Your ideas are fresh your adrenaline is pumping, the newness of the event keeps everything fun.

Week Two, in contrast, is much more like the rest of your writing life. That may sound depressing, especially to those of you making your first foray into NaNo, but I promise it’s not.

You see, dear WriMos, Week Two is where writers are made.

I’ve gotten on my soapbox far too often about the myth of the “real writer.” (for those of you just tuning in, if you write, you’re a writer in my book. Congratulations.) As you make your way around the internet, you’ll see that there are people who measure “real writers” in word counts or books published. There are some who think it’s critical acclaim that makes writers “real.”

But there’s only one requirement to be a writer: you must write. And if you writer when it’s fun, or easy, or because someone’s making you do it, that’s fine. But if you believe in your story, if you think it needs to be told, then you need to write it even when the going gets hard.

That’s the lesson of Week Two, and in my opinion it’s the most important thing NaNo can teach you.

Believe in your story.

Express that belief through hard work.

Push through Week Two, commit to yourself and your story, and come out stronger than ever.

Write. It’s what we’re here for, after all.



--Mary, in Great Falls
5 months ago
Get ready, WriMos! Double-Up Donation Day has arrived.

That means with your donation you qualify for twice the donor rewards, from posters, to wristbands, even halos for you and a friend. Check out your NaNoMail for a message from HQ detailing all of the cool prizes and benefits you can earn today. They also have information on other cool prizes available throughout the day, as well as word wars, prompts, sprints, and a virtual write-in (oh my!).

As far as your writing is concerned, Double-Up day can be a great chance to make up any ground you may lost this week, or to extend a lead you already have. I know I'll be taking this challenge to heart today and trying to double up my word count on the way into the dreaded Week Two. If you are behind, don't worry. Today is the perfect day to post a big word count, donate to a great cause, and head into next week going strong.

Even if you can't donate today, please consider making a donation later in the month. Any amount can help keep this great program in business and donating is the easiest, most important thing we writers can do to keep our beloved NaNo running year after year.

Happy writing, WriMos!

--Mary, in Great Falls
5 months ago
Ahoy, wrimos!

It's November 1st - are we all ready to write our brains out? Hopefully as the Halloween sugar rush wears off, we can all get a running start at our shiny new novels. Whether you've been ready for weeks, or you just decided to join us this morning, or you (like me) were ready but decided to change books at the last minute, we've got a great support system set up in Great Falls and Helena to help push you along to that 50,000 word goal.

In Great Falls, we'll be having our kick-off party tonight up at the PitStop in Black Eagle from 5:00-9:00. Come for some, come for all, come whenever you can. Be ready for food, fun, and lots of words!

Over in Helena, there's a write-in at the Lewis & Clark Library from 7:00-9:00. So grab your laptop, go meet some friends, and write write write!

50,000 words seems big right now, but we can all do it! I can't wait to watch all our word count graphs climb through the month as we all march our ways toward having written something amazing. Or amazingly awful. Either way, you'll have written something by the end of the month, and that rocks!

So go forth and write!

Rae
5 months ago
Hi, I'm Knottyneedle, or better known as the lady with the purple hair at the library. I am also Judy, your Helena area Municipal Liaison. I've scheduled several times when the small meeting room will be available for some quiet writing time during NaNoWriMo. We have outlets to plug in your computers and free (if slow) WiFi. Come join fellow writers in rocketing your way to 50,000 words.

If you have any questions or need some pointers, you can also talk to me in person at the library on Monday/Wednesday/Thursday and Friday!

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