Nanowrimo Spotlight: And Into the Fire Swamp

November 1, 2014

Good morning! It’s November, Nanowrimo has started around the world, and my word count is 1292 from an early morning Twitter word sprint. I probably won’t try to write and run @Nanowordsprints at the same time, but it was fun today.

My spotlight volunteer today is Hannah, who goes as writurgurl on the Nano site. Hannah, what’s your Nanowrimo experience been like up to now?

This is my second year participating in NaNoWriMo. Last year I was away at a university that I later switched out of to come back home so that I could dedicate more time toward writing, and part of that experience came from the success of getting to know both myself and my writing through NaNoWriMo. Last year I really enjoyed hanging out with the gang and having writing sprints together at Hasselton’s cafe… the apple cider and nanimo bars there still hold that ol’ nano nostalgia!


So far this year I have begun two pen-pal relationships with two lovely young women, and have also signed up for the CD swap, the postcard swap, and the care package swap. I have written my first pen-pal letters and have also prepared my care package for that swap partner, which will be mailed to them during the first week of NaNoWriMo. So far I have met with one wrimo from my area. We met at a bakery and cafe called Fardella’s and had a planning session. I’ve also been re-reading my favourite books about writing, which are “Writing Down the Bones” and “Chapter after Chapter.”

Mywriturgurl3 preferred writing tool so far this year has been the program Writer’s Cafe, which allows the user to outline their novel, write in a daily journal, create a bulletin board of inspiring post-it notes and images, access writing prompts and tips, and so much more! I also frequently use my sketchbook and journal. I have been building my survival kit this past week, which includes: index cards, hot chocolate packs, a box of chocolates, sketchbook, journal, envelopes and paper for pen-pal correspondences, bookmarks, black gel pens, encouragement cards for when things get harder, finger-less gloves, warm socks, my NaNo binder, my Staples “easy” button to press whenever I’ve reached my day’s word count goal, a kitchen timer for timed writing sessions, my snow globe from NYC, my statue of the Baron (my little guardian) and stickers for putting on my NaNo calendar each day when I reach my word count goal.

What are you writing about this year?
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