NaNoWriMo can prep you for Creative Ink

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Our wonderful session organizer Stephanie Galay is getting in the NaNo mood, and so are a lot of us Creative Ink Festival committee members! Check out her post about NaNoWriMo below, and feel free to join our Creative Ink NaNo group on Facebook!

From Stephanie Galay’s A Writer’s Journey Blog
If you’re worried about not having material to present at the Creative Ink Festival in March, we have a solution.

This November, thousands of writers, myself and many of the Creative Ink organizing committee included, will be racing our way towards 50,000 words as we take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

What started off as a small group of writers wanting to write novels because they thought it would help them get dates, has become a global phenomenon and Creative Ink Festival is on board. Last year, we hosted a few write-ins for locals and we’re going to be doing that again this year. Our Festival Goddess, Sandra Wickham, along with our website guru, Andrea Westaway, has created a Facebook group called Creative Ink NaNoWriMo. Join the group and set up notifications so you can stay up to date on all the fun in store for this year.

Want to join other Creative Inkers for NaNoWriMo but not local? Check out the NaNoWriMo website and sign up with your region to find local events or join the Creative Ink group virtually. If those options don’t work for you, find a coffee shop or local library, there’s sure to be writers somewhere sitting with their laptops open, fingers flying across their keyboard.

Something to remember: NaNoWriMo is not about completing a polished novel in a month. If you do, that’s both great and incredible! The goal is to write 50,000 words. They won’t all be great, they may not even be very good, but they go a long way to a first draft that you can spend the cold winter months finishing, revising, getting feedback, editing again, etc. Then you can spend March prepping your all important pitch and synopsis.

Once your November NaNo sprint is over and you can stand to look at your screen again, keep an eye out for programming announcements. You’ll want to know who to sign up for blue/red pencils and pitch sessions with to get the best exposure for your new manuscript.

See you on the Creative Ink NaNoWriMo Facebook group page and live and in person in March.

Have a great NaNo everyone!