Week Zero: Your Fairy Tale Journey is About to Begin

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Week Zero: Your Fairy Tale Journey is About to Begin


Hello Fellow L.A. Lemurs,

Once upon a time in a faraway land of glitz and glamor, also known as Los Angeles, thousands of WriMos gather around their clocks on October 31st with their hands hovering over keyboards (or pens and paper) waiting for the clock to strike midnight.

Instead of waiting for horses and carriages to turn into mice and pumpkins, we are eagerly awaiting for the moment we can be like the Shoemaker’s elves and make magic. The shoemaker’s elves only needed leather and magic to make shoes. Like the shoemaker’s elves, we have all the tools we need to write our novels: our imaginations, pens, and paper (or electronic versions of pens and paper). With these few tools, we will be able to write our 1,667 words each day and reach 50,000 words by November 30th! To many people unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, writing 50,000 words, or more, in 30 days is magic!

For the month of November, we are all elves ready to work our magic and give our characters voices and adventures they will never forget. Your story may not be about fairies or goblins. It may not even have magic or fantastical castles, but the act of bringing to life something that has been stewing in your brain for months or even years onto paper is magic.

However, NaNoWriMo isn’t just about your character’s story being written. On November 1st, you will also be starting your own “fairy tale” journey as well. A journey of noveling. Some people are NaNoWriMo veterans. Others are attempting this for the first time. Let’s not forget veterans returning to NaNoWriMo after a sabbatical. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a veteran, young or old, magical or non-magical, the moment that clock strikes midnight on October 31st, you are the main character of this noveling journey and weaving magic with your words.

Like your characters, the month of November will be filled with adventures and challenges. You’ll laugh, cry, get frustrated, feel angry, jump for joy, fall in love, sigh in relief, and even be confused. But I believe you can do it and get your noveling “fairy tale” ending!

While you begin your fairy tale, remember the magic number is 1,667. If you can keep writing 1,667 words, or more, a day, you’re golden, but even if you fall behind, have no fear! All heroes and heroines have setbacks, but they always bounce back and return stronger.

Even though we are just starting our NaNoWrIMo journey together, I can’t wait for us to reach our “fairy tale” ending and seeing that purple bar with the words “Winner” under your name.

~Jennie (AthenaKTT)
Municipal Liaison for Los Angeles, California

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