Our heroine has been hard at it, pounding the keys fiercely, since November began, dear Reader. Yes, I’m a wrimo. I hit my personal NaNoWriMo goal and am doing the first pass through the manuscript now. I’ve been so impressed with the numbers I’ve seen in the #NaNo hashtag as well as the #amwriting one. Many of the participants in the latter are not wrimos but say they’re inspired by the NaNo crowd.
Michael Geffner kindly invited me to write a guest blog article about my view of NaNoWriMo. It’s posted on his blog, Mike’s Writing Workshop & Newsletter, and is titled The Shiny NaNo Secret. Thanks for the invitation, Mike. It was a pleasure. I hope it gives people some perspective about the whole NaNo experience.
… and now for something completely different.
You’ve had it up to the eyeballs with pep talks by now, right? Take a break, click a link and relax for a little while. You’ll go back in refreshed and revived. That’s the theory, anyway.
We begin with our own @inkyelbows, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and her Inkygirl: Daily Diversions for Writers. Debbie’s been focused on NaNo this month, but she’s funny all year round. This is a bookmark waiting to happen.
We all seem to enjoy a good quote when it comes along. Here are a lot of funny writing quotes from BasicJokes.com. I grant you it’s not the prettiest of websites. The juicy nuggets are gathered for you in one spot, though, so it’s worth the red background.
Take a look at Twitter during NaNo and you will see a lot of mentions of coffee. The Oatmeal has 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee. Not just trivia, amusing and amusingly presented trivia. This is worth the time even if you’re a heathen and don’t drink the stuff.
I mentioned this site in a previous Forum, but it fits here so well I’m linking to it again. The Inkwell Bookstore’s Blog has an article titled Famous Authors’ NaNoWriMo Tips (as found on twitter). Funny and oddly inspirational at the same time. Or is that just me? Probably.
What do you want, more? You don’t have time for more. Get back in there and write! (Please include other favorites in comments below, though. Play nicely with your fellow wrimos.)
One piece of advice: Don’t Break Yourself. Take breaks as needed, please. It’s not worth hurting yourself or anything else to get to the brass ring. If you’re in danger of forgetting that, I refer you to my guest blog above, The Shiny NaNo Secret.