Loads of Pep!

I made an interesting observation about monsters. They don’t travel. They sit in their cave, doing what monsters do, and wait for heroes to challenge them. Okay, so Dracula traveled, but usually in a coffin, so that doesn’t count. But otherwise, Cyclops, Circe, Smog the Dragon, Medusa, the Kraken – They just hangout in their cave.

This observation can be applied in three ways:

  1. Monsters would be great at NaNoWriMo because they have tons of time, sitting around, guarding their rock, and can pound out 50,000 words in two weeks. Great – go be a monster.
  2. Monsters are perfectly happy to stay exactly where they are, far away from you, so don’t disturb them and get back to writing your novel.
  3. 50,000 words could be viewed as your monster and you’re a hero who must battle the monster. Those 50,000 words are perfectly content to sit in a cave, never seeing the light of day, until you challenge the 50k monster, battle it, beat it, and show the carcass to the world. (Maybe “Carcass” isn’t the right word…How about “Accomplishment.”)

November is your time to become Odysseus! Gather a brave crew of Wrimos and battle the 50k monster. Some of you are going after the Kraken, the 100k monster – Andromeda sends you happy kisses and eternal gratitude.


  • “The NaNoWriMo community is full of people who understand that sometimes characters talk to you at inopportune times.” – Gennifer Albin, author of Crewel, the first book in the Crewel World Trilogy, which got its start during NaNoWriMo.
  • “Cue fire, brimstone, and the Four Guilt Monkeys of the Apocalypse!” – Chris Agnotti (Director of YWP)
  • “How do I work a coconut margarita into my novel?” – LA Kickoff Party
  • “As you enter this month of writing, write for yourself. Write for the story. And write, also, for all of the people who doubt you. Write for all of those people who are not brave enough to try to do this grand and wondrous thing themselves. Let them motivate you.” – Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux.
  • “Make this your best first draft ever and in ten years, you could open your door to hand out candy and see someone dressed as your character.” Xander (artofcheatery – Los Angeles ML)
  • “Like how you were baking a cake and mixing up all the ingredients and thought ‘Hey, maybe it’ll be a good idea if I put this fish inside. It’s unique,’ and you realize that no, it might not be good, but TOO BAD, you’ve stuck the fish in your cake batter. You can’t make a new cake because you’ve limited time and maybe the chef judge will think it IS innovative.” – Sarah Coldheart (Singapore ML)
  • “We’ve all had moments of pure crap writing, but we’ve also had moments of pure inspired genius.” – Colddaye (Long Beach ML)
  • “My novel resembles a canvas that a gaggle of preschoolers are fingerpainting on together. Then, while the teacher isn’t looking, the ornery little devils find a box of feathers, glitter, Cheerios, pasta shells, and they toss it all into the mix.” – Grant Faulkner (Exec. Dir. of OLL)
  • “I advise you to keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard, and to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. But if NaNoWriMo had been around back then, it very well might have been built in thirty.” -Marissa Meyer is the author of Cinder, book one of The Lunar Chronicles, which got its start during NaNoWriMo.
  • “Like Dumbeldore’s pet phoenix, Fawkes, your novel will respond to loyalty. If you keep working at it every day, even if you only write a few hundred words a day, things will start happening in your novel.” – Nitaspitas (LA’s newest ML for 2013)
  • “When writing a novel, make sure you’ve upgraded to grown-up ontology. The real world is full of gnarly details, and whenever you think you have a handle on how complex something is, it just gets gnarlier.” – Scott Westerfeld is the author of thirteen novels for young adults, including the best-selling Uglies series
  • “A chance to finally show the world what I can do.” – Allison Petersen on #Whatnanomeanstome
  • “At the end of the month, Frankenstein’s monster may have been ugly, but it had found its brain.” – Chris (SpaceXDebris – Los Angeles ML)
  • “We love seeing our protagonists pummeled for a while before they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and head out to kick some ass.” – Chris Baty (Founder of NaNoWriMo)
  • “I suck at bowling!” – Mid month party, everyone except Sara who bowled the best game of her life. 110 Baby!
  • “Procrastination is the stealth-killer of novels, of course, which is why NaNoWriMo is such a genius challenge—inside the parentheses of (November), you now have permission to write at demoniac speeds, to plunge headlong into the wilderness of draft one.” – Karen Russell is the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • “Life can be amazingly inconvenient, and sometimes just downright mean. But our creative spirits are an antidote to these surprises, and these struggles.” – Lindsay Grant just after Hurricane Sandy ate the East Coast (Program Dir. OLL)
  • “Everyone is battling their word count monsters. Some are battling plot monsters. Others have characters that might have turned into monsters. Don’t run away from these monsters. Run with them!” – Jennie (Athena KTT – Los Angeles ML)
  • “500 Words, Woohoo! Drink!” – Bodega Bar Write-in, LA’s first word war drinking game. “Don’t stop writing!” – Chris Agnotti (Director of YWP)
  • “The world needs your story.” – Chris Baty (Founder of NaNoWriMo)
  • “Thank you. Thank you for not only accepting, but encouraging, even endorsing, everyone who wants to write a book. Thank you for cheering us across the finish line as we make that great leap from ‘a writer’ to ‘the few, the rare, the great Novelists.’” – A participant’s thank you note to the OLL staff

-Sara (smcbride)
Municipal Liaison for Los Angeles, California

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