November is National Novel Writing Month

It’s a big job, writing a novel, but NaNoWriMo turns a daunting ambition into a celebration, hundreds of thousands of writers coming together to cheer each other on through this mad dash at creation. 50,000 words. 30 days. It’s absolutely doable. Except, my head would explode if I started something new right now. Between seasonal depression and holiday angst, I feel like I’d be setting myself up for failure. But maybe that’s a good reason to try a little harder this month. Not having a new project to embark on or any hope of writing 50,000 words of anything before November … Continue reading November is National Novel Writing Month

Minutes from November 26, 2018 Meeting

Happy last week of November! Just a quick reminder that we are holding write-ins this week to wrap up NaNoWriMo. Anyone who’d like a motivation boost is welcome to come by the library at Penn Highlands between 4 and 7 on Tuesday (tonight!), Wednesday, and Thursday. At yesterday’s meeting we discussed some of our difficulties with character development, and we continued our worldbuilding discussion, this time focused on culture. Though creating new geography and language can be difficult enough, creating a new culture or showcasing an existing one involves a lot more care. Some of our character building discussion: how … Continue reading Minutes from November 26, 2018 Meeting

Minutes from November 12, 2018 Meeting

At today’s meeting we welcomed a new member, tossed around some NaNoWriMo ideas, and decided to hold some write-ins this week in the library at Penn Highlands. So: from 4-7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, there will be a table set aside for anyone who’d like to drop in at any point in the evening to get a little writing done in the company of other writers. Noelle unveiled a map she’s working on for her current fantasy project and we discussed mapmaking as a worldbuilding tool. We’ll continue the discussion at next week’s meeting (Monday, November … Continue reading Minutes from November 12, 2018 Meeting

Story break!

NaNoWriMo leaves little time for other pursuits, but getting out of your head and into somebody else’s words for a few minutes can do wonders for your writing. At least, it’s been good for mine—especially when I’m steeped in something I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s so easy to fall into patterns and forget there are other things you can do with words. Anyway, here’s The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society by T. Kingfisher. It’s a charming story that sets a common fairy trope on its head in the most delightful way. On a similar note, here’s Blessings … Continue reading Story break!

Tips and Tools for NaNoWriMo (and Beyond!)

I found a great podcast this morning and it practically flicked a switch in my brain. I was getting ready for work and wondering if I’d ever find the time to write today—or, more honestly, make the time—and then suddenly I was scribbling like mad. I don’t normally have the attention span for podcasts, but I’m a huge fan of some of the writers involved in Writing Excuses and the episodes are blessedly short—usually around fifteen minutes long. They also put out even shorter episodes for November, because it’s even harder to make time for podcasts when you’re trying to … Continue reading Tips and Tools for NaNoWriMo (and Beyond!)

If you haven’t begun..Begin

Hello Creative Writer, In cause you haven’t noticed it’s now November and we are leaving behind the creepy challenges for a slightly bigger one.. NANOWRIMO Have you ever tried to write a novel? Well, have you ever tried to do it in one month. November is the time to push yourself, even if an entire fully realized novel isn’t the end result, the idea that writers all over are also putting butts in chairs and pens to paper, or fingers to keys to creative. I personally have never undertaken the official challenge- with work, school, social engagements, and more there … Continue reading If you haven’t begun..Begin

Minutes from Oct 26, 2018 Meeting

Yesterday we met to discuss plans for next week’s Haunted Open Mic. Decorations are on deck and food will be provided. Gloom was a big hit at Gaming Night and is a perfect fit for Halloween, so we’ll be breaking that out again. Now we just need you, your writing, and an audience. A couple of us shared new ghost stories and it sounds like everyone else is hard at work on theirs. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve all come up with! No new writing challenge this week, as we’re shifting our focus from writing to polishing in … Continue reading Minutes from Oct 26, 2018 Meeting