Greetings, fellow wordsmiths!
Many of our Board Members are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so a lot of the posts throughout November will address NaNo. Our first blog post will be from our Youth Coordinator, Samantha LaFantasie.
We do know that NaNo isn’t for everyone: 50,000 words in a month is a lot, especially if you have family responsibilities and can’t get out of attending (or hosting) Thanksgiving. Your process may not be adaptable to that schedule, and you may feel backed into a corner rather than inspired.
Whether or not you participate, I would urge you to take advantage of the wealth of information on writing that will be provided during the month. Many writers are going to address the challenge of writing, and writing on a schedule, during this month. Ideas on how to plot and outline will be freely offered up: character and setting development will be addressed.
Our November meeting will be an opportunity for you to read your work in front of other members. We’re also going to try out the “speed-date” reading concept. For that, we would separate everyone into equally sized groups. Every member would be given five minutes to read their work, and then ten minutes to hear critiques from the other members of the group. Please bring about five pages for the speed-date. For the general reading, you may bring enough additional pages to complete the scene.
Lastly, I do want to thank everyone for their patience as we work on the website – hopefully we can make it into a great “go-to” place for you to find all types of writing information! Please let us know of anything you’d like to see KWA offer!
Keep the ink flowing! Lisette