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

Mapmaking and Worldbuilding

We had a great worldbuilding discussion during our most recent meeting. One of our writers brought in a map of her current fantasy project, and it was clear from the details that she’d put a lot of thought into how her world is organized. Geological features, place names, coded symbols serving as shorthand descriptors for different nations and societies—she’d even spent time researching river basins in order to draw a detailed hub of the world. She’d generated an indispensable reference tool that will help her keep track of not only the physical facts of her world but also the potential … Continue reading Mapmaking and Worldbuilding

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

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