Second weekend of write-ins

So here we are at the second weekend of NaNoWriMo 2015. I managed to attend three write-ins: Woodridge (hosted by Cee-Bee), Warrenville (hosted by jen.e.moore) and my own hosted write-in at Nichols Library in Naperville. Many thanks to Ed for bringing donuts to Woodridge and delicious pies to Naperville. Thanks also to Catherine (Cee-Bee) and […]


Good first write-in at Nichols Library in Naperville

Great first write-in! We had 17 people total; most were on our naperwrimo.org/wordcount spreadsheet: Attendees averaged over 3000 words in the three hours.


A fun and filling kick-off pot luck lunch party

Saturday, October 24th saw some forty-something people attend our fun and filing pot luck lunch party to kick-off National Novel Writing Month. Since we still have some days before November 1st, there were some activities to talk about success strategies. With many thanks to Kat Stepp (Kat’s Meow) and Starbucks, we raffled off an impressive […]


Final prep workshop: Characterology 101

Saturday, October 17th was the fourth and final prep workshop for our region. Kat Stepp (aka Kat’s Meow) delivered the presentation that she and Todd Hogan (aka writertodd07) had created together. Twenty three people took part in the workshop; four came in costume as a character: The powerpoint slides are now available. Announcements NAG tomorrow […]


Windy City RWA preparatory workshop

On October 14th, Catherine Brennan and I presented our second NaNoWriMo preparatory workshop of this season, NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell (link goes to the powerpoint slides), to the Windy City chapter of the Romance Writers of America. It was a lively session–the members of the Windy City RWA chapter are experienced writers who shared their […]


NaNo Prep Workshop: Visualize Your Novel – 2015-10-10

Attendance 17 Photos: Introduction Sam McAdams Have been NaNo’ing for ten years; first year as an ML National Novel Writing Month started by Chris Baty in 1999 Goal: 50,000+ words in 30 days (1667 words per day) Finish your story in the month if at all possible (when you are surrounded by your support system) […]


Powerpoint and pictures from the 2015-10-08 prep workshop: NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell

Catherine Brennan and Tim Yao led this highly interactive workshop at the beautiful, new Santori Library (Aurora Public Library system), facilitated by Cassie. Ref: Powerpoint slides This interactive workshop covered many topics, including: why you might want to write your novel in November how you can develop a framework for your novel why you want […]