NaNoWriMo 2012: WriNoShores Kick-Off Party

With NaNoWriMo 2012 only days away, the WriNoShores gathered to celebrate at Sunday’s Kick-Off Party and it was nothing less than fantastic. The party was lively, with lots of laughter, writerly chatter and good food—the comradery fostering the sense of community we hoped it would.  Everyone seemed genuinely pleased by the gathering and what makes the group happy makes us happy.

Sara and I had a great time organizing this years event, coming up with the name, the logo, and adopting our new mascot. The Emergency Rations gift bags were amusing and quickly broken into—not many a writer can resist a piece of candy. Also included were packages of Ramen Noodles for that day you have completely forgotten to eat and of course haven’t done any grocery shopping. A pencil and pad of paper—you never want to be without means to jot down an idea this month. Also to keep you warm and awake, tea and hot chocolate. My special gift to those who made it to the party were buttons displaying our logo. No worries I have few extra, those will be available at the write-ins for a donation to our event fund. Thanks to Sara for donating all those notebooks as runner-up prizes.

The Grand Prize was a one-of-a-kind tote bag with the WriNoShores 2012 logo on it, and filled with books. Congrats to Rochelle/Rockwrites.

The best part for me was everyone reading their six-word synopsis, though just seeing all those writers in one place, hearing them talking about writing, making helpful suggestions and generally being there for one another was close runner-up.

I’m overwhelmed by this years participants and very proud to be a part of this group. I don’t know what has precipitated this, but there is clearly an enthusiasm to be together and supportive suffused within the WriNoShores 2012’s populace. I love it!

NaNoWriMo 2012—Ready, Set, Write!





  1. Lynne! It’s my first NaNoWriMo and I’m TERRIFIED! Any tips for a first timer?

    • Just keep writing! When stuck ask yourself “And then what happened?” When really stuck, have your character do something with lots of steps, anything you have to describe in detail—like cook dinner. Write out all the steps, by the time you get to the end you usually can get back into the groove. That’s especially helpful when your getting to the end and need to reach your word count. You can always throw in a zombie apocalypse or dream sequence ala Dallas.

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