Exciting news! I was just made a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for the Finger Lakes Region!
If you’re in the area and either already a WriMo, or want to become one, look us up on the forums!
In case you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, let me expand on this a little.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is a free program and community for writers of all experience levels. The basic goal is to write a complete first draft novel during the month of November. It’s a community effort of group write-ins, word sprints and mentoring, both online and in person. It is a growing experience and a safe space for creative expression.
NaNo is broken up into regions for promotion, support, and other benefits. The Finger Lakes region is basically Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins, Yates and Wayne, NY counties. The ML is the coordinator for the Regional events. During NaNo (November) & the camps (April & July) they organize meet ups, write-ins, social events, etc. They are also the moderator(s) of their regional forum.
I’m still unpacking all of the information, but I wanted to shout this out. More to come, soon!
August 1, 2019
I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for 10 years, and Camp NaNo in April & July for each of the last 5 years, for a grand total of 20 attempts. This is the first time that I have finished a brand new writing project during one of the month-long events. It is a rough draft memoir about motherhood and mental health.
It’s ugly. It’s nowhere near done. And it will probably stay that way. However, I did learn a few things about myself during this process — and got a new novel idea, which I started mapping out today!
Honestly, I don’t feel that much different than I did a week ago — except that now I have actually set a writing goal that I achieved. I always get around to getting it done, but never on time. Frankly, my confidence about my writing has been in the toilet lately. There’s been a lot of *meh* in my notebooks these last few years.
- My lack of teasable and usable ideas
- My inability to commit to any ideas long enough to create something worth getting excited about
- My obvious ignorance about the entire process
- ADHD (that actually explained A LOT)
- Lack of time &/or focus in my personal life
- Overall ennui
To be able to say that I pushed through even when I had no idea how I could, would or should, has been a boost to morale around my writing desk. I know that I can finish these other projects. More than knowing that I can, I now how to get it done. I’m excited to move onto my next project, and I hope it turns out to be worthy of sharing.
Keep on scribbling!