NaNoWriMo Check In – Week 2

nano_featureHow are you all feeling this year? I am actually ahead of the game. I’m following the NaNoWriMo Kickoff advice of a patron (and writer) who told us all to write 2K words a day, so we can take 5 days off. An even 2K is not much more than 1,667. In fact, it’s only 333 more words. That’s less than a few paragraphs, usually.

To gain inspiration for my novel, I like to listen to music. Lately it’s been mostly Vashti Bunyan. I encourage you to make a playlist with non-distracting music that inspires you. It helps get a lot of words out, without thinking about how awful they might be.

If you are stuck, make sure to check out the forums. You can post about your novel, and people will try and help you out of your rut.

We have a bunch of book resources on display in the lobby for you to read if you need some help. We have On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Batty (founder of NaNoWriMo), and Write Your Novel in a Month by Chris Gerke. We also have plenty of space to write, along with TWO write-ins during the month.

The first write-in is on November 18th from 3:30-8:30. That’s five hours of uninterrupted (hopefully) writing time in the Levenson Room with free snacks and tea! The second write-in is on a Sunday, November 22nd: the 5K write-in! This also has free snacks and tea and coffee, but it also has a goal of writing 5 thousand words from 1-4:30 pm. We hope you can make it to both, and if you have questions or suggestions make sure to email or call me!

If you have finished your word count for the day and want to watch an awesome video on how NOT to write at the library, here it is!


blogphotoThis post was written by Stacia Oparowski, a library assistant in technical services. Besides reading and reviewing graphic novels, she also participates each year in NaNoWriMo and writes the November updates. If you have a suggestion for a graphic novel she should review or if you would like a graphic novel recommendation, please email her at soparowski@cityofportsmouth.com. Also, email if you need a scary story recommendation! 

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