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14 days ago
Don't forget to copy, paste, update, validate - BEFORE midnight! Good luck!
15 days ago
C'mon Maryland Wrimos! You Can Do It! Write like your life (or your word count) depends on it! One More Day!
20 days ago
Thanksgiving is over - now burn up those carbs by WRITING! Save early, save often, update your wordcount on the NaNo site as a reward for your hard work.
24 days ago
“Just remember that Dumbo didn't need the feather; the magic was in him. ”
― Stephen King, On Writing
30 days ago
Happy Half-Way Day! 25,000 is your goal - you owe it to yourself to get in a bunch of words, regardless of how many you have!!!
about 1 month ago
23,338 is tonight's goal. So close to the halfway point. Can you get in a few more words? Just a few???
about 1 month ago
Have you backed up your novel today? Avoid tragedy and save a copy of your file somewhere you can easily retrieve it!
about 1 month ago
Look at those numbers! Awesome words! Awesome donations! Thank you, Maryland Wrimos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
about 1 month ago
DOUBLE-UP DONATION DAY! Sat, 11/4/17. Get the $50 level prizes for donating $25! Get a cool NaNoWriMo pin! Can you double-up on your word goals? NaNo is shooting for $125,000 and 125,000,000 words. Join us!!!
about 1 month ago
Are you writing yet??? Hope you saved some leftover Halloween candy - great treat carbs for the first week!
about 1 month ago
If you are attending the Kick-Off in Columbia, please read punahougirl84's latest comment. We are still on - we'll just be a bit cozy LOL!
about 1 month ago
Two more days-ish to finish planning (or start!). Don't Panic! (P.S. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 204 pages, while a NaNovel is about 175 pages - totally doable!)
about 1 month ago
Have you RSVP'd for a Kick-Off event? There are three threads below - please let us know if you are coming!
about 1 month ago
511 officially signed up for this year by announcing/creating their novel. 12 days and counting!
2 months ago
You have NaNoMail! Possibly also email!
2 months ago
Are you planning your novel, or are you "pantsing" (flying by the seat of your pants)?
2 months ago
Have you updated your writing software?
2 months ago
Happy October 1st! It's starting to feel like NaNoWriMo...
3 months ago
Tick Tock, Tick Tock... it's getting to be time for NaNoWriMo 2017! New merchandise is in the store and new ideas are in our brains. Librarians are setting up times and places to host write-ins through the Come Write In program. Your MLs are talking behind the scenes, ordering stickers, and getting ready. Can't wait to get started!
about 1 year ago
UPDATE! VALIDATE! CELEBRATE!
about 1 year ago
TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over) parties are on the schedule! If there is a thread, please RSVP in the thread. See you there!
about 1 year ago
Have you made a donation to support NaNoWriMo? Can we make it to $7000? It's not too late to earn that golden halo! Many thanks to all who have donated. Now get back to your writing!!!
about 1 year ago
Keep it up guys! There are 11 days left! How close are you to winning? Make you you know how to update your word count and make sure you know how to validate!
about 1 year ago
Looking for word count motivation? Take on the world! Check out the Word Count Scoreboard: http://nanowrimo.org/word_count_scoreboard
about 1 year ago
I know you've all been working hard and writing all week! Don't forget to back up your story in case something unexpected happens. E-mail a copy to yourself, save it on an external disk, or put it on your Google Drive. However you do it, make sure you have a copy besides the one you're working on!
about 1 year ago
Here's a tip: Try setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier so you can use that extra 30 minutes for an early word sprint. The only hard part is making yourself get up when the alarm goes off . . .
about 1 year ago
Word Padding Tip: Remember J. K. Rowling? Just THINK how many extra words she got by insisting her villain be called "He Who Must Not Be Named" - that's some serious word count! When it comes to character names, don't be boring - be like Rowling!
about 1 year ago
Don't forget to update your word counts on this site! Right in the top toolbar on the site!
about 1 year ago
TWO HOURS THIRTEEN MINUTES... BUT WHO'S COUNTING???
about 1 year ago
Are you going to a Kick-Off today?
about 1 year ago
Love to see all the write-in interest in the various area threads - time to decide on place/time/day/host and get it posted in our Volunteer Host thread so we can get it on the calendar! (Also, please RSVP for a Kick-Off - there are FOUR happening this weekend!)
about 1 year ago
You have email!
about 1 year ago
KICK OFF PARTIES are starting this weekend and continue through October. Please check out a thread and RSVP so we know who is joining us!
about 1 year ago
Please make sure to check which area threads have been posted before starting a new one. That will make it easier to organize, meet up, plan, sob over coffee... and cheer each other on!
about 1 year ago
Please join us in welcoming our newest ML, tonbird, to the wordy region Maryland!
about 1 year ago
Happy October 1st! One month until NaNoWriMo 2016 starts. Are you ready? Are you prepping? Are you insane? Just kidding... we don't expect you to be ready yet. We'll be posting a new Welcome thread along with some others to get you started. Also, a big welcome to our new ML tonbird!!!
about 2 years ago
Donations looking good - thank you so much! And if you haven't yet, there's still time to earn your golden halo!
about 2 years ago
Don't forget to VALIDATE - when you break 50,000 words your bar turns green. To get your winner goodies and the Purple Bar of Glory, you must validate before midnight! Good Luck and Keep Writing!
about 2 years ago
C'mon Maryland writers! Update your word counts! Break 40 million words! You Can Do It!!
about 2 years ago
2 more days! Write like there's no day after the day after tomorrow!
about 2 years ago
Almost 30 Million Words in Maryland!!! Whose next update will put us over that number? Write! Update! WRITE!!!
about 2 years ago
Starting today, you can validate your novel once you hit 50,000 words! (for those continuing to write past the NaNoGoal, you can also continue to update your wordcount after validating your win!)
about 2 years ago
Back Up Your Novel!!! (Seriously. Love, an ML who almost lost 12,000 words!)
about 2 years ago
Save Early! Save Often! Update Your Wordcount!
about 2 years ago
vix created a thread "Thoughts and Prayers from USA::Maryland" in the Europe :: France :: Paris regional forum - the ML from France::Paris has posted that they are at an all-night write-in near where all of the attacks occurred. They've decided to continue writing but invite any who wish to send messages to post in their forum. Please feel free to post a message in the thread.
about 2 years ago
Approaching 20 MILLION words written in Maryland! Congratulations, writers, for your dedication and hard work. Hope your novels are going well. Plenty of time left in the month to reach 50K! Happy Friday!
about 2 years ago
Happy ML Appreciation Day!
about 2 years ago
Gray, rainy days are perfect for sitting down with a nice hot mug of *insert favorite hot beverage here* and getting in some great wordcounts. Make it a Wordy Day!
about 2 years ago
Have a buddy whose average wordcount has fallen off? Send them some encouragement via NaNoMail! Or feed them chocolate at a Write-In!
about 2 years ago
Today, Day 9, is the day to break 15,000 words - dare yourself to do it. You deserve it!
about 2 years ago
Happy Double-Up Donation Day! And thanks in advance to everyone making a donation to keep NaNoWriMo going strong! Love to see those golden halos :-)
about 2 years ago
Day 6 is Break 10K Day! C'mon, you know you want to do it!!!
about 2 years ago
End of Day 5 goal: 8335 words! You can do it!
about 2 years ago
Check your NaNoMail! Pep talk from Diana Gabaldon!
about 2 years ago
Check out our stats! Day 1, almost 2 million words written in Maryland. Over $4000 donated - WOOHOO!
about 2 years ago
Happy NaNoWriMo! Look at Maryland Writers Go! Write On, Blue Crabs!
about 2 years ago
Happy Halloween! Happy Last Day of NaNo Prep/Panic! Don't forget to set your clocks back so you can sleep an extra hour or get an extra hour to write!
about 2 years ago
There's still time to cast your votes for our regional dares!
about 2 years ago
We have over 100 events on the calendar. Thanks to all our wonderful Volunteer Write-In (and other events) Hosts!!!
about 2 years ago
It's not too late to prep for NaNo! Check out this thread for helpful ideas: http://nanowrimo.org/nano-prep
about 2 years ago
5, 5 days and counting - ah ah ah! Don't forget to set up your novel in your profile (My NaNoWriMo - My Novels) so you get the fresh, empty gray bar where your wordcount will appear!
about 2 years ago
10 Days and Counting...
about 2 years ago
How's your planning going? Outlines? Maps? Character Sketches? Laid in an extra supply of Halloween candy to see you through the month? (One M&M for every 100 words. Or one Snickers bar. Whatever gets you there!)
about 2 years ago
Have you checked out the Calendar? Many events are being posted, including Kick-Offs! Will we see you sometime this November, or at an Oct Prep event?
about 2 years ago
Ready for the site relaunch tomorrow? The forum will be squeaky clean, and you'll be able to set up your 2015 profile and novel info. Woohoo!
about 2 years ago
The annual forum wipe is coming soon. Our tradition here is to start "area threads" and to check to see if one was created before setting one up. 2014's threads will be headed to the archive so you won't want to post to them for this year!
about 2 years ago
A big Welcome to Michelle, aka Firewriter23, our newest Maryland Municipal Liaison!
over 2 years ago
Welcome to September! New posts for the 2015 NaNoWriMo season will start showing up so stay tuned. Can't wait to see/meet everyone participating in Maryland come to the forum.
about 3 years ago
There are two TGIO parties scheduled for tonight - it is not too late to post in the threads to sign up to attend. Hope to see you there!
about 3 years ago
CONGRATULATIONS MARYLAND WRITERS!
Total Words: 46,160,559 Average Words per Writer: 19,518
Winners Homed In Region: 567 of 2365 writers with word count broke 50K
Donations: $7,030
Finished Third in the World for Overall Word Count

Now sign up for a TGIO party - you deserve it!
about 3 years ago
Go, Maryland Writers, Go! Don't forget to VALIDATE before midnight, or you lose your chance for the Purple Bar of Glory and winner goodies!
about 3 years ago
232 winners and counting! 2 days left to write - who's going for it? Whatever you have by midnight tomorrow will be much more than you started with - Good Luck in your last push for greatness!
about 3 years ago
134 winners so far, plenty of time left - WRITE! (oh, you knew that LOL)
about 3 years ago
Noon Monday, 11/24:
Maryland: Current Average Words per Writer: 14,100
Word Goal by End of Today: 40,000 and 8!
Winners Homed In Region: 80
How are you doing? Remember, this is about perseverance to achieve your goal. Write, Maryland Blue Crabs, Write!
about 3 years ago
We're declaring today Volunteer Write-In Host Appreciation Day! Without your far-flung events all over the state, many Wrimos wouldn't get a chance to write like crazy with other like-minded writers. Thank You!!!
about 3 years ago
Maryland: Current Average Words per Writer: 13,117
Word Goal by End of Today: 36,700
Winners Homed In Region: 50
How are you doing? Remember, this is about perseverance to achieve your goal. Write, Maryland Blue Crabs, Write!
about 3 years ago
Maryland: Current Average Words per Writer: 12,661
Word Goal by End of Today: 35,007
Winners Homed In Region: 38
How are you doing? Remember, this is about perseverance to achieve your goal. Write, Maryland Blue Crabs, Write!
about 3 years ago
32 Winners so far who have Maryland as their Home Region! You can see status under the brown tab that says Members, under the USA::Maryland regional forum title above. 2340 Maryland Wrimos have entered word count.
about 3 years ago
9.3% of Maryland Wrimos have made a donation to support NaNoWriMo - Thank You!!! There is still plenty of time for the other 90.7% of Maryland to donate (hint!).
about 3 years ago
Check out the Week Three Rally post on the Home page, which will take you to the NaNoMail it is referencing and a great pep talk by Brandon Sanderson!
about 3 years ago
Wet, chilly Mondays - perfect for staying inside and writing, day or evening.
about 3 years ago
Are you ready to write dangerously? Check out the new sticky thread below!
about 3 years ago
Happy Half-Way Day!
about 3 years ago
Wow - Maryland has written the equivalent of about 413 novels as of 11/13. And donated $6200 so far! Positive noveling karma all around - keep it up!
about 3 years ago
Need writing energy? Advice? A Pep Talk? You're in luck, because NaNo got amazing authors to send exactly that to you in your NaNoMail and/or email. Chuck Wendig, Veronica Roth, and now Tamora Pierce have sent use writing words of wisdom , and some pep for our writing. So if you haven't already read them, take a break, and do it. It can help!
about 3 years ago
Love seeing those donations, word counts, and averages go up! Writing a novel isn't easy - if it was, everyone would do it. Remember, "One day I'll be a novelist" can end this month if you give yourself a chance and dedicate yourself to your novel. Build the writing habit. And if you had a slow start, who cares? Re-dedicate yourself this minute!
about 3 years ago
Wow, up to $6000 donated! Thank you Maryland Wrimos! And there is still plenty of time to make a donation this month and earn that golden halo. Write-on!
about 3 years ago
Double-Up Donation Day! Double your average wordcount! Donate $25 and get the $50-level donor thank you goodies! PLEASE! And thank you for supporting NaNoWriMo!
about 3 years ago
Today is Break 10,000 words day!!! Can You Do It? Yes You CAN!
about 3 years ago
*Save Early, Save Often, Do a Back-Up!*

Have you updated your Wordcount? Look at the top of this page where it says "words so far" and mouse over it for the box to enter your number, and the Update button. Keep writing, keep updating (it's a great little reward, to see your accomplishment graphed here).
about 3 years ago
From @NaNoWriMo on Twitter: "The tech team is working on the glitches with the stats and “words written today.” In the mean time, we might have to (shudder) do math." So just keep writing and updating - this will get worked out! Remember, you can edit your words written each day in your profile stats.
about 3 years ago
SO proud of Maryland! We have the most number of donors at 130, three ahead of Seattle, and at $4250 we have the second highest donation total (California:East Bay has the highest at $4810). I know we have more people who will donate, and hopefully we can get well into the 6K region, but I wanted to say Thank You to everyone who has done their part to support NNWM!
about 3 years ago
According to our stats on the site, we have 1540 average word count per person entering word counts in their profile. I challenge EVERY participant to make sure they have updated their word counts AND to bug your writing buddies if THEY haven't updated yet! By the end of today everyone should have at least 3400 words. Will you get them? How about your writing buddies? Your MLs have faith in your ability to succeed.
about 3 years ago
As of 10:23pm: USA :: Maryland 1745539 words 1055.34 average
C'mon, post those word counts - we want to see you hitting your goals!
about 3 years ago
How's your word count? Can you get in at least 2000? Challenge yourself! The first day is fresh, exciting, exhilarating, wonderful... (yes, use adjectives!)
about 3 years ago
Almost... almost...
about 3 years ago
3 hours and counting...
about 3 years ago
Of course, NaNoWriMo 2014 has already begun elsewhere in the world - we still have to wait 11 hours! No pressure...
about 3 years ago
3 days and counting... Have you stocked up your groceries? Treats? Beverages? Getting laundry done in advance? Are your writing materials all in order? Computer files created? Figured out how you will back up your work? Drinking water and getting sleep now?
about 3 years ago
Welcome Newbies to Maryland!
Welcome Pantsers-Turned-Planners!
Welcome Everyone Who is "Finally" Getting Serious!
Welcome Welcome Welcome!
about 3 years ago
In 10 DAYS, we'll be writing!!! Are you ready???
about 3 years ago
Kick Offs are on the calendar! Oct 25th (hosted by vix), Oct 31st (hosted by nursechriisy09), and Nov 1st (hosted by punahougirl84)! Please RSVP in the correct thread below!
about 3 years ago
Have you updated your profile for 2014? Have you figured out what you are doing? Have you posted in the Welcome thread? Have you volunteered to host a write-in, or RSVP'd for a Kick-Off? Have you found or started your area thread? Have you DONATED??? Watching out for lovely halos of helpfulness!
about 3 years ago
OCTOBER!!! Are you prepping? Are you ready? Please check the Pre-Shutdown thread to say hi or ask a question, email an ML, find us on FB too at Maryland NaNo, and get ready for a forum reset around Friday!
about 4 years ago
2609 writers who have Maryland as their Home Region, and who were actively entering word count, wrote a total of 50,548,726 words. Our average was 19,374.75 per writer. 580 Finished and Validated their win!
about 4 years ago
Maryland: 50537952 total words 19363.20 average words
578 Finishers 2610 Active, Homed Writers
TGIO Maryland, NaNoWriMo 2013!
about 4 years ago
568 out of 2610 - c'mon, you've about 10 minutes left to Validate! Do It!
about 4 years ago
3.5 hours - fix some tea and WRITE!
about 4 years ago
427 winners Validated - 16% of our region! Keep Writing, keep Validating, keep Winning!
about 4 years ago
388 winners - keep updating, get Validated!
about 4 years ago
305 winners so far, about 12%, and hoping many more validate before midnight Nov 30!
about 4 years ago
ONE DAY! Finish, Save, Back-Up, Validate!!! Go Maryland Writers, Go!
about 4 years ago
Seven days left! Seven glorious days in which to get a ton of words! Don't leave your novel hanging - give it some love and pelt it with words until it cries Uncle!
about 4 years ago
We have 29 winners so far, 16 of whom are participating in the Word War with the Lushguins! Keep Writing!
about 4 years ago
Did you read Lev Grossman's Pep Talk? Awesome! And you have a new one from Marie Lu in your inbox!
about 4 years ago
In to Week 4 +2! Yes, this is a "long" week - how are you going to get your words in?
about 4 years ago
31,637 is the goal for today! Are you there yet? If not, just write as much as you can! And then a few more, just to prove you aren't procrastinating. The laundry can wait...
about 4 years ago
WRITE! UPDATE YOUR WORD COUNT! WRITE SOME MORE!
about 4 years ago
November 15th is Half-Way Day! Will you make it to 25K? How close can you get? Can you beat it? GO FOR IT! Hey, it's Friday night, make a Writing Date Night with friends and get those words in.
about 4 years ago
We are getting the feeling that Marylanders are taking their committment seriously and making time to write. Impressive numbers - keep going. You WANT that purple bar of victory, you KNOW it!
about 4 years ago
You have new NaNoMail! Check out the guide to week 2, and a new pep talk, and get help/motivation/inspiration... just not a chance to procrastinate!
about 4 years ago
According to the word count scoreboard, Maryland writers have an average of 7524 words per person. All with modest word counts at that number or less, you are challenged to hit 9000 by tomorrow! Go, write, your story needs you!
about 4 years ago
There are TEN Write-Ins on our calendar - hope the hosts are showing up and writers are taking advantage of the chance to get OUT of the house and do a Write-IN! Happy Marathon Writing and Donation Day!
about 4 years ago
We'll use #MarylandNaNo to report on our crazy writing day this Saturday, to celebrate our donations, to cheer each other on!
about 4 years ago
Saturday, November 9th, is NaNoWriMo 2013 Writing Marathon + Donation Day! Donate and be entered to win prizes! All information is here: Writing Marathon Donation Day
about 4 years ago
It's time to check your NaNo Mail! Week #1 pep talk has been sent out from your ML's. :-) It's a pleasure ML-ing such an awesome group of Wrimos. I'm delighted to have met as many happy writers as I have so far over the past 7 days. Keep up the good work, everybody!
about 4 years ago
8,487,497 words so far! Fantastic dedication to your novels, Maryland!
about 4 years ago
BACK UP YOUR NOVEL!
about 4 years ago
Maryland Day 1: 2,334,904 words!
about 4 years ago
Want to be added to the Maryland NaNo Facebook page? Message one of our MLs with your info, including the name you use on this forum. We've had several requests from spammers and try to screen approvals.
about 4 years ago
Have you donated yet? If not, here's a link! NaNoWriMo Needs YOU! Donate!
about 4 years ago
Check out the offers from our sponsors! Sponsor Offers
about 4 years ago
Today is the today, your last opportunity to vote for our DARE! Make your opinion known before midnight tonight.
about 4 years ago
Wow - look at who will be sending us Pep Talks in our NaNoMail this year! Pep Talks
about 4 years ago
The following people need to check the Columbia Kick-Off thread. I have no orders or confused orders for MouseSheep + Joe, dreamernocturne + husband, Narwen_Teperindal + husband, & Randombooks. Thanks! -Lee
about 4 years ago
When you post an RSVP, please make sure the reply doesn't get lost in the middle of other replies. Post at the end of the thread so we don't miss you. Also, I posted a couple notes to the Columbia Kick-Off - they are on page 2 of the thread. -Lee, ML
about 4 years ago
Wow! We have several threads on page 2 of our forum - don't miss out and check on them! Glad to see our area threads thriving and people prepping for Nov 1. We Can Do This!
about 4 years ago
LOVE all the introductions! We have writers from MD writing as far away as Germany and Afghanistan, people new to MD, people who have been doing this as long as I have been ML, and newbies galore. WELCOME! Keep posting! (No, Caeraerie, you can't steal Tide and TJ!) -Lee/punahougirl84
about 4 years ago
Every ML has posted a thread for a Kick-Off event! If you plan to attend, please post an RSVP in the thread - thanks!
about 4 years ago
It's time to check your NaNo mail! I've just sent out a welcome e-mail. Keep an eye out for more e-mails throughout the month, pep talks during November, and for information on what to do after NaNoWriMo is over.

Your friendly Baltimore area neighbor and ML,
Christine/nursechrissy09
about 4 years ago
WELCOME! PLEASE READ! Before starting a new area thread, in which local Wrimos discuss where and when you'd like to have write-ins, and who will host, please make sure to check the other thread titles to avoid duplicate threads. Thank you - let's get planning!
over 4 years ago
2012 stats: Active/Homed writers=2060 words=48,975,231 donations= $6210
over 4 years ago
Tick Tock, Tick Tock! NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. Welcome to new people signing up from your local Municipal Liaisons. We look forward to getting new threads signed up after the site is renewed and getting to know who is writing this year! -Lee/punahougirl84, ML
over 4 years ago
Attention Campers! There will be some write-ins in April. Check for threads below, and you can also check the Maryland NaNo group on Facebook!
about 5 years ago
Congratulations Maryland Wrimos! We wrote 48,909,424 words and donated $6270 (when the most recent donation gets added to the current number of $6210). Thank you for your generous donations! We hope everyone learned something important whether you finished or not. Congratulations to everyone who passed the 50K line! If you did not, you at least have a novel underway that you can work on in the coming months. See you next year - we are already planning some great things for you!
about 5 years ago
Two more hours - WRITE WRITE WRITE! Maryland Writers are AMAZING! You can do it! GO GO GO! Donations up to $6210 - thank you!
about 5 years ago
$6150!!! Thank you to whoever contributed another $100 since our last FB post - NaNo needed this and Maryland pulled through! Obviously hoping that number goes up even more but we are SO grateful to the person or persons who stepped up today to make that happen!
about 5 years ago
C'mon Maryland Writers! Almost 46 million words and donations have reached $6005 - thank you! We are getting there - UPDATE, DONATE, so we can all CELEBRATE!
about 5 years ago
•Take advantage of our newly accessible validation tools. Now you can validate for a win simply by navigating to the My NaNoWriMo menu and selecting, “Validate My Novel.” Copy and paste your entire manuscript into the pop-up validation box, and submit! Winning has never been easier! (Well, other than that whole writing 50,000 words thing.)
about 5 years ago
Up to 208 donors and $6065 in donations! Only $5 more to go to tie last year's number - we are SO going to beat that number. THANK YOU MARYLAND! Can't wait to see where we end up. $395 more from 3 donors - incredible. All our donors are NaNoAngels! Word count is past 42 million - last year we almost made 44 million - hope we get there!
about 5 years ago
Your host (me, Lee/punahougirl84) will be late to the write-in at La Mad due to another meeting. Please get lots of writing done while I'm not there! 205 of 2582 Maryland Wrimos have donated $5670 - thank you! $400 more to tie our number last year - can we break it? Also, note that two TGIO parties have been scheduled - RSVP in the thread below! Closing in on 41 million words...
about 5 years ago
After the last broadcast email several new people joined the Maryland NaNo FB group, and donations got another push to $5455! We've still a ways to go to beat last year's number of $6070 but a huge thank you to the 193 who have made contributions!
about 5 years ago
Donations jumped to $5075 - 2nd place! THANK YOU! We have 177 people out of 2541 active-homed writers that have donated. We are in second place for overall word count. We are 291st place for average word count. Keep up the good work!
about 5 years ago
about 5 years ago
Happy Donation Day! If you have not yet earned your halo, what are you waiting for? You love NaNo, you want it to keep going, you support young people writing, right? Please, if you've been waiting to donate, now is the time! And a HUGE thank you to those who have answered the call - we went from $4090 yesterday to $4510 and jumped into 2nd place in the Donation Derby! We have 2995 active writers and I hope we get a great donation rate!
about 5 years ago
At the moment, the official wordcount widgets don't match the Word Count Scoreboard. Don't worry about it - just keep writing YOUR words so you finish YOUR novel!
about 5 years ago
about 5 years ago
We are the first region in the USA to cross the 10 Million Word line! And another $25 came in in donations. Thank you, Maryland!
about 5 years ago
UPDATE YOUR WORD COUNT (see box at the top of the page)!
about 5 years ago
We hope your first day went well! Don't forget to update your Word Count (see the box at the top right of this page?). The site always slows down as OLL adds functionality (word count scoreboard, etc.) and as thousands of writers sign in and start updating word counts. Have a little patience and the site will get back to normal soon! Meanwhile, keep writing!
about 5 years ago
Happy NaNoWriMo Eve! Hopefully the trick or treating is finished and you are in the last stages of getting ready to write. Some will start at midnight, some will get sleep first, but we all, finally, after all the waiting and planning and stressing, get to WRITE!!! Good Luck!
about 5 years ago
One Hurricane Sandy thread has been stickied. We will use it for all storm-related questions/issues/ideas. Please make sure you are prepared to be safe, first and foremost. After that, be sure you are ready to write without electricity, or have alternate places to go that will have power. We Can Do This!
about 5 years ago
REMINDER - To everyone coming to the Columbia Kick-Off - thank you so much for your RSVPs! Please remember to bring cash for your meal - it will make payment much easier! See you soon! -Lee/punahougirl84
about 5 years ago
Our 2nd Dare: Use the names of the 5 British bomb vessels of the Battle of Baltimore -- Terror, Volcano, Meteor, Devastation, and Aetna, in your novel. Bonus points for using the name of the British rocket vessel: Erebus.
about 5 years ago
Voting ends today for Dare 2 - hurry and VOTE!

Final RSVPs being accepted for Kick-offs - be sure to read the directions and post soon.

Have you outlined yet? Donated? Bought treats? Gone crazy with excitement such that your family and friends are already looking at you with wild, concerned eyes? Good!
about 5 years ago
The Calendar has been updated - check out all the events, with more to come!

Don't forget to RSVP for a Kick-Off Party/info session.

Vote for Dare 2 - deadline Oct 25th!
about 5 years ago
Dare 2 is posted - vote now for your favorite (or the one least likely to twist you into a pretzel trying to work it in to your novel!).
about 5 years ago
RSVP for a KICK-OFF PARTY! Look for the threads at the top of the forum.
about 5 years ago
We have threads on two pages now - if you are looking for a thread for writers in your area, don't forget to check page two!
about 5 years ago
The MD NaNo calendar is starting to fill up -- but there are still plenty of areas that currently offer no writing opportunities. Consider hosting a write-in!
about 5 years ago
WELCOME TO NANOWRIMO 2012!
Are you ready for some writing? Time to plan!
about 5 years ago
NaNoWriMo was given a $50,000 grant by Chase Community Giving! Thanks for the clicks!
over 5 years ago
Please vote for the Office of Letters and Light by following this link (copy and paste into your browser) - we can earn grant money for NaNoWriMo! http://bit.ly/NqPwWf
over 5 years ago
Soon the website will reboot for NaNoWriMo 2012. Are you planning? Are you excited?

Be sure to visit the Donations/Store section of the website: Look for new NaNo goodies and make that all-important donation!

And check back here often. We'll soon be posting new threads with Kick-off and Write-in dates!
about 6 years ago
December 1st: We Won BOTH the Lushguin and Naperville Challenges! Our final regional total is 52,633,236, with 1790 writers Homed to Maryland, and a donation total of $5975! CONGRATULATIONS! We surpassed a gracious Naperville by 2161 words per participant, and the ever amazing Lushguins by 4046.909 words per participant! Considering that with 1835 people last year we wrote 38,844,212, I'd say the challenges helped push more people to finish their novels than ever before. We averaged 29,404 words per participant. Time to Celebrate - TGIO!!!
about 6 years ago
about 6 years ago
Day 30 - I hope everyone is ready to validate but if you're not, remember that you've got until 11:59:59 tonight! I had a 6K word day yesterday and you can too, or however many words you need. The key is staying optimistic! You can do it, but make sure you do it for yourself. Sometimes you can be your own best motivation and advocate, so let yourself shine!
about 6 years ago
Day 29 - Hi! Ok, now go write...
about 6 years ago
Day 28 - Don't forget to RSVP for a TGIO party in the proper thread. Links to the threads are in our Links section. Ok, done? Now go write some more in your novel!!!
about 6 years ago
Day 27 - Catch up! The leftovers have been eaten, the visitors are headed out (or you are headed home). Time to get back to serious writing. Many of us aren't done - even those with purple bars of validation victory are still writing to FINISH the story. So let's get going - the Ravens won so we don't even have to worry about cheering for them today - WRITE NOW!!!
Day 26 - Wake up
Day 25 - zzzzzzzzzzz
about 6 years ago
Day 24 - Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day however you are spending it. Remember that typing/writing is great exercise for your fingers after a feast. We are thankful to have you writing, donating, participating, supporting, and just being!
about 6 years ago
Day 23: PLEASE DONATE! National Novel Writing Month is a project of the Office of Letters and Light, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. All donations made to National Novel Writing Month---in the form of cash and in-kind donations of helicopters and lavish chocolate fountains---are tax-deductible. Currently we have 1752 writers with Maryland as their Home Region who have donated $4675. Thank You! That makes us 4th in donations - can we get to first place???
about 6 years ago
Day 22:
about 6 years ago
Day 21 - Have you updated your word count on this site yet? Just go to that little blue box at the top of this page and to the right of your name and post it! There is also a Stats tab in your profile where you can see your progress, and all kinds of cool numbers. I love seeing my bars push past the graph! Eleven people who posted in the Welcome thread have word counts of "zero" - but I bet you have words - let us know you are ok and writing by posting your counts!!!
about 6 years ago
Day 20 - GO RAVENS! GO BLUE CRABS! Everyone do your best to get some words in today - MAKE the time. DVR/Tivo the show. Use commercials during the football game. Do mini sprints for 100 words or 200 words - whatever works. BELIEVE!
about 6 years ago
Day 19: Night of Writing Dangerously ONLINE!

Saturday, November 19, 1011, from 8pm-Midnight.
Sign-up at www.wireclub.com.
The chatroom is MD NaNo NOWD 2011 - we'll do online word wars where every writer in Maryland can participate!

http://www.wireclub.com/chat/room/md_nano_nowd_2011

The chatroom is set up so you can make sure you can get in - I set it to People Near Me but could not restrict it to friends or do it by invitation only since this is new for us but hopefully this will work.

Hosted by ML Lee/punahougirl84.
about 6 years ago
Day 18 - Did you write?
about 6 years ago
Day 17 - Now would be a good time to ramp up your words per day in anticipation of the holiday next week! Don't forget to use all five senses when writing descriptions. Introduce characters who go by their first and middle names all the time. Hyphens and apostrophes are your enemies. When in doubt, drop in some ninjas, throw a dinner party with an exhaustive menu, or have a family reunion in your novel with a LOT of new characters showing up. Who must all be described... you get the idea!
about 6 years ago
Day 16 - Happy Donation Day! Like NaNo? Want to keep it happening? Need some good noveling karma? Please consider making a donation to NaNoWriMo (see the brown tab above for Donations/Store). Earn that halo - and we thank you for your support!
about 6 years ago
Day 15 - Happy Half-Way Day! 25,000 words are your goal for the day. Congrats to all who have achieved it, and tons of wordy thoughts going out to any who aren't there yet. We've had some great pep-talks sent to us - let them inspire you to get those words in. Don't let anything stand in your way - order out, get others to run the laundry, hide if you must to get some writing time. You Can Do This!
about 6 years ago
Day 14 - Happy Monday! Have you updated your word count here? Have you checked out the cool stats tab in your profile? I find them to be very motivating. Our challenge with the Lushguins is going well, people are finding creative ways to get in their dares, and plenty of help can be had here or in our FB group if you are stuck. Don't let that inner editor sneak back in your home - lock it out so you can write write write!
about 6 years ago
Day 13 - How are you doing? Going well? Going slow? Don't worry - you have plenty of time and no reason to think you'll blow a big game! If you get stuck, figure out where you are and where you are going. Think about your character's motivation - what do they want and why do they want it and how are they going about getting it? Then mess it up - throw obstacles in their way - time for some conflict!!!
about 6 years ago
Day 12 - A beautiful day for some word sprints! Every thousand words give yourself a reward. Some sunlight, a Halloween treat, convince a loved one to give you a hand massage. Whatever it takes. Get ahead now, or catch up - do what it takes so you can enjoy the Ravens game tomorrow!
about 6 years ago
Day 11 - A special day, 11/11/11. Hope all is going well for all our writers.

ML vix/Vickie is hosting a Write-In at Wegman's in Lanham from noon to 3pm on Saturday, 11/12 - look for a seating area with a NaNo table tent!
about 6 years ago
New Write-Ins: Brunswick and College Park IKEA!
about 6 years ago
Day 10 - A good day to hit about 17,000 words! And even more write-ins are being scheduled. Could it be that people are learning about the thousands of words we are writing while surrounded by others frantically typing/writing? We've made believers out of many!
about 6 years ago
Day 8 - Get Week 2 going with a bang!

Day 9 - Check calendar for new write-ins. There is now a Write-In at La Madeleine in Bethesda, hosted by the DC MLs! 7:30pm-ish.

Update your Word Count - we have widgets with our avatars now!
about 6 years ago
Day 7 - Did you back up your novel? Save early, save often, and save in more than one place! Also, new write-ins have been posted - check the calendar, and check the forum for impromptu write-ins too.
about 6 years ago
Day 6 - Fall Back! Not in your word count, of course, but on your clock. Are you using your extra hour for writing? Or something silly like sleep? However you use it, use it wisely - think of it as a gift making November that much longer than any other 30 day month.
about 6 years ago
Day 5 - Last chance to sign up for our Regional Word War with the Texas Lushguins! We need people who are in it all the way, who are going for massive word counts, who will help us have the highest average word count! So if you are pushing beyond 50K, if you know you will stay the course, this challenge will help motivate you AND will help us! This is about the highest word count per person, NOT our collective word count. Someone who writes 7000 words and stops for the month would bring our average down - but you could still join and if you can't finish, drop out by the date indicated. Carol needs confirmation emails that people have read the rules and understands the challenge and are definitely in for the WIN! But if you were confused, no worries, we don't have to finalize the list until tonight, so feel free to drop out or enter - we love those big numbers! Go Team Blue Crabs!
about 6 years ago
Day 4 - Don't forget to stretch - wiggle your fingers, roll your shoulders, get up and move - sitting for a couple hours writing can be hard on your body, and we are still in the beginning of the month. Your wrists need a break. Also, when you sit to write, try to support your back by tightening your core (hold in your tummy) - better posture will prevent later pain. Ok, go write more now!
about 6 years ago
Friendly write-in space is avaiable everywhere. I'm here at Ukazoo Books in Towson and they have signs for NaNoWriMo everywhere. They've offered their meeting room for free at any time for NaNo-ers. They've got wi-fi for free, complimentary tea and coffee, and power outlets. They've even got a power strip in the middle of the table for easy access!
about 6 years ago
Day 3 - Write-ins are great ways to get in a high word count, especially due to word wars. But if you can't make it to one, or there isn't one near by, consider an online word war. Chat with a writing buddy, set a timer, write like the wind... regardless of who has the higher count after 10 or 15 minutes, you BOTH win!
about 6 years ago
Day 2 will be bright and beautiful so be sure to get outside for a breath of fresh air and some sun, maybe as a break from writing? Honest, a few minutes will refresh you and you'll write even more!
about 6 years ago
ARE YOU WRITING??? Day 1 - Go Go Go!
about 6 years ago
Forgot to load up on chocolate before midnight? Take care in how you raid your kids' trick-or-treat bags - they WILL notice! Almost time - less than an hour... BOO!
about 6 years ago
Our regional dare vote ended in a tie!
Get ready to use both calico cat and black-eyed Susan in your novel.
about 6 years ago
Get ready to lock up your Inner Editors - there are just hours left until you can start writing the best/first NaNovel of your life. Are you ready???
about 6 years ago
Sorry for the delay in choosing the regional dare. Go to the "Dare: Let's vote this out!" thread below to help us decide. Please post only one choice and do so even if you have expressed a preference in the dare suggestion thread..
about 6 years ago
Baltimore Area Kick-Off Party is still going on today! Reservation has been confirmed, I've made packets and have stickers. Please come. :)
about 6 years ago
"Writing Buddies" is back - so you can add friends and track them now! Our former lists will be ported from the old system over the weekend. This is wonderful because, as you know, misery, or rather, literary abandon, loves company!
about 6 years ago
We might be getting Writing Buddies back soon - keep checking!
about 6 years ago
The Kick-Off Parties in Baltimore and Denton are set up and on the calendar - see links to the threads in our Links section so you can RSVP!

The Kick-Off Party in Gaithersburg/Rockville is also coming up - thanks to all who have posted their RSVP!
about 6 years ago
Thanks to everyone who attended the Kick-Off in Columbia! I hope you found it helpful and fun, that you got to meet fellow Wrimos, and that you discovered confidence in your ability to complete a 50K novel in 30 days.

I could not give you infinite monkeys to produce your own version of Shakespeare's works but I do hope the one I gave you helps you get one step closer to noveling greatness!

Eight days until it gets real, so get outlining (or not!) and get some rest. We can sleep in December!

Lee, ML, aka bingo freespace ;-)
about 6 years ago
Don't forget we now have two pages of threads - your area thread might be on Page 2 - if you are looking for your area, scroll through all the threads - you might find it! ML vix is busy getting write-ins on the calendar, and if there isn't one in your area, please feel free to host one! All the info you need is in the sticky about write-ins and hosting!

Lee, ML
about 6 years ago
LOVING all the introductions in the Welcome thread! Thought I'd offer some comments: yes, procrastinators can finish (I'm one and have finished every time), yes, babies' naptimes are perfect for writing, and November is for writing, not weddings LOL! But congrats anyway ;-) Write-ins (and especially word wars) help with writing - nothing like 10 minutes of hearing others bashing away at the keys to get your anxiety up and your words flowing. Trust me. Ok, I should go wash dishes or plot or something...

Lee, ML
about 6 years ago
Want a great way to ensure you'll be driven to achieve 50K or more? Join our Word War Challenge with the Lushguins! Write to defend the pride of your region - plus it is a great kick in the... keyboard! Click the link or the thread for it and follow the directions. To join in , you MUST email our coordinator tidewaterbound (Carol) whose info is in the thread. Hope to get a bunch of challengers soon!
about 6 years ago
We now have a Facebook page (thank you ML Chrissy for starting it up!). Check the link under Links (look to the right and under Meet Your MLs and About Us sections of this regional header) to find it.
about 6 years ago
After a minor blip on my part (links are evil!), I'm back to share and promote the Google Map created for the region. Attached are locations for write-ins and the Kick Off Parties. Here you go! Smaller, better link for the Google Map! Soon to be posted with synchronized events from the Google Calendar, the Facebook page.

Chrissy, nursechrissy09, ML, Baltimore
about 6 years ago
Welcome Maryland Writers to NaNoWriMo 2011!

Whipped cream on cocoa and big mugs of tea
Fresh sharpened pencils and stationary
Piles of research and outlines that sing
These are a few of my noveling things!

In case you missed it, the new NaNoWriMo site has been launched and Maryland writers, rookies and returnees, are flocking to our forum and getting ready to write a novel. We know when the leaves are falling and Ray Rice is scoring that it’s time to get going on our writing!

Here’s a Wrimo ToDo list to help you have a wonderful month:

1) Sign in to NaNoWriMo, update your profile with the years you’ve participated in NaNo and the years you’ve won NaNo, and any other sections you wish to fill in. Upload a new avatar! A few options like Writing Buddies are still being worked on by the HQ Tech Team but almost everything you need is ready.
2) Come post an introduction on the Welcome thread in our forum!
3) Post a suggestion for this year’s Maryland Dare. An official voting thread will go up to make the final decision for what all Marylander Wrimos will attempt to include in their novels.
4) Sign up for our traditional Word War Challenge vs. the Lushguins! There’s nothing like a deadline AND a challenge to get those words out of your brain and into your computer/iPad/ smartphone/notebook/clay tablet.
5) RSVP for a Kick-Off Party! One will be in Columbia on Sunday, October 23 from 11am-1pm, another will be in Shady Grove on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30am-1:30pm, and a third will be in Baltimore on Sunday, October 30 from 12pm-3pm. Please come to our forum to RSVP (post in the thread for the party you plan to attend) so your MLs can plan appropriately!
6) Find a thread for your area and see who is writing nearby. If there is no thread for your area, feel free to start one.
7) Organize and host a Write-In! Ok, not everyone will be a host, but we Marylanders are very good at getting our novels written in great part due to attendance at write-ins hosted by our wonderful volunteers. You can discuss times and places in your area thread, then the host can read directions and post a calendar request in our write-in and calendar request thread.
8) DONATE! While participating in NaNoWriMo is free, everything that makes it possible is not. Please, Maryland writers, we are asking you to make a donation this year. Earn that halo and outstanding noveling karma by making even a minimum donation. You can find the link for donations in the same tab on the site for the store.
9) Merchandise purchases also help fund NaNo and there are some wonderful new items including this year’s t-shirt (available in long sleeves!) with Baty-isms that will help you all month. There are awesome new keychains, and even a polo shirt and messenger bag! Display your NaNo pride (not insanity, pride!) with cool new gear.
10) Finally, and most importantly, get ready to write 50K in 30 days. Some of you will already have started with ideas, research, outlines, plots, characters, setting, maps… others might have decided to just wing it. If you need help, there are several forums set up with tons of ideas if you are stuck. Your MLs are also wonderful resources for tips and tricks, which they’ll share at their kick-off parties (hint!).

Let’s get it started! Lee, Vickie, Chrissy, Maryland MLs

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Meet your MLs

nursechrissy09 4322
  • Joined October 15, 2009
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Abingdon, Maryland, USA
  • Age 30
punahougirl84 Winner!
  • Joined October 3, 2004
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Columbia, Maryland

vix

Halo-monthlyvix Winner!
  • Joined October 13, 2002
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Gaithersburg, MD, USA
tonbird Winner!
  • Joined May 11, 2012
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Annapolis, MD
  • Age 36

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