You’ve embarked on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) yet again. It’s November 15th and you’re nowhere near your halfway goal of 25,000 words. You’re feeling discouraged, tired, maybe even a little depressed, and the next scheduled write-in for your regional group is still days away.
What’s a wilting Wrimo to do? Host your own write-in!
Alert Your Group
Chances are you’re not the only one in your region who’s struggling with word count. Mid-November is a notoriously difficult time for Wrimos. Somewhere around 20,000-30,000 words, characters begin to get away from you, plot holes yawn open, and the best-laid plans for epic adventure seem about to crumble. Whether or not all of this is actually happening, it can still seem like your entire novel is falling to pieces before your eyes. When you feel yourself slipping, pop over to the regional forums and giving a shout out to other despairing Wrimos. See if they’d like to get together for some communal writing and support.
Pick a Venue
Regional groups may cover a large area, and it’s not always possible for all the Wrimos in a region to attend the “official” group meetups. Consider holding a write-in at a venue that’s accessible to some of the more far-flung regional members. Or simply shake things up and gather everyone at a new or unusual location. A change of scenery can be as helpful to writer’s block as having other people around to bounce ideas off of. Just make sure that wherever you plan on going has enough space and enough places for people to plug in their laptops.
Talk With Your ML
Remember to run your write-in by your municipal liaison. He or she can help you put the word out on the NaNoWriMo website or forums to help alert as many people as possible. The more people know about the gathering, the more are likely to show up. You may wind up with a bigger support network than you anticipated!
You put this write-in together to get your word count on track, so be sure to make the most of it. Challenge your fellow Wrimos to word sprints or dare each other to add zany plot elements. NaNoWriMo is as much about having fun as it is about challenging yourself, and this is a great opportunity to put the enjoyment back into your writing process. Spontaneous write-ins also help to break up the potential monotony of your everyday schedule and plunge you into your novel with renewed vigor.
So the next time you feel yourself flagging during NaNoWriMo, remember that you’re not alone! Other Wrimos are as close as the regional forums and will likely be more than willing to get out of the house and into a different writing venue. Getting together for writing support is a great fact of NaNo, and can help you reach that elusive 50,000 word goal with less frustration and fewer headaches.