Building Those Writing Muscles:
Pre- NaNoWriMo Warm-Up
November is just around the corner, and if you've been in the writing community for a while, you know what that means! It's time for the 50,000 word marathon known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
NaNoWriMo has been around since 1999, and it has kickstarted many, many authors' careers. The goal is to write the messy first draft of a novel... 50,000 words, which works out to about 1,667 per day.
So... how to start?
This is not a workshop on plotting or pantsing, story arc or character development.
This is a workshop to write.
Bring a laptop or pen(cil) and paper, and get ready to put in some writing time.
We'll write and share, write and share, write and share, using loose prompts and story questions to get the words flowing and the story muscles moving. Use the prompts and questions as prep and background for your NaNoWriMo project, work on a current project, or simply enjoy making time to write together.
And as we write and share, we'll make room for questions like: How do you form a writing habit? When do you fit in time to write? Why do you write? How do you get back into it after a long absence, or when revisions are done and it's time to write something new? Questions that build community and make us feel less alone in this often solitary vocation.
Attendees who do plan to participate in NaNoWriMo will be welcome to exchange contact information. Some ways to stay connected: follow each other on the NaNoWriMo site, or cheer each other on through email or text!
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alana is an editor, a writer, an artist, and a former journalist who believes keen observation is a very useful tool in creativity and storytelling.
In addition to a double Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, she holds a Copyediting Certificate from UC San Diego, and has spent the past decade writing and editing professionally. Her journalism work appeared locally in The Beach Reporter and Daily Breeze, as well as Torrance Memorial's Patron magazine, and her editing clients have won several awards for their work.
Alana serves as the Publications Director for the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles, and has co-edited and co-produced the Story Sprouts series of writing resources, anthologies, and collaborative novels.
These days, Alana is focused on making art and diving deep into essay and poetry, and working on her Instagram challenge, the #40DayJournalForJustice.
She is very interested in encouraging writers and makers of all types to recognize the transformative power of their own creativity, and helping them tap into their artistic, playful nature.
Find her on the web:
Purchase her books here: https://www.amazon.com/Alana-Garrigues/e/B00KR6E3RI/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_6