Writing a novel in 30 days is a challenge for anyone. Sure, it can be done as a solitary activity and for some that works well. But have you ever been to a NaNoWriMo write-in? You should attend at least one during November, because as much as you may enjoy racking up the word count in solitude, you will gain extra motivation and great benefits simply by showing up.
Why join a write-in?
Meet local writers
You’ll not only meet other locals focused on a common goal at a write-in, you’ll learn new tricks to help you hit your word count goal. It’s a perfect way to share ideas and tap into available resources that you might not find out about online. By adding yourself to this community you’ll see that everyone there has something to offer to enhance the NaNoWriMo experience.
Mix up your writing routine
Trying something different, like taking advantage of a local write-in opportunity, may help spark new ideas that can carry your storyline for hundreds or thousands of words that you wouldn’t have otherwise written.
When you share a goal with others, it’s easier to reach it. At a write-in you’re sharing the actual experience. Doing the latter provides a unique kind of encouragement and a shared sense of accomplishment. Especially when someone in your group reaches their NaNoWriMo goal. If you’re attending write-ins regularly, you’ll likely have a lot of finish line crossings to celebrate!
It may be a little nerve-wracking deciding to attend a write-in if you’ve never been. It’s not unlike stepping onto a karaoke stage for the first time. Just give it a try. If you join a write-in you’ll quickly realize you’re among a friendly and supportive crowd, and you’ll have a blast.
If those aren’t enough reasons to check out a write-in here’s a bonus. Los Angeles write-ins have the coolest stickers!
Have you attended a NaNo write in? What did you like the best about it?
Madeline Wright has participated in NaNoWriMo since 2003 (Kwas). She hails from the South Bay region of LA and her favorite genre to write is YA. Her regular blog is A Mad Vox. Follow her on Twitter at @SoCalMad.