Friday Forum: NaNo Break Time

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 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.

Take care!


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5 thoughts on “Friday Forum: NaNo Break Time

  1. Debra Marrs, Editor and Coach for Writers November 21, 2009 at 2:17 am Reply

    Jessica, you find just the right mix of savvy writer advice and humor here with this week’s Friday Forum links. You are such a treasure to the writing community! I certainly hope everyone knows they can hit the RSS button up in the upper right column to subscribe to you. Congrats on your guest Shiny NaNo Secret article too. Another great piece. Blog on!


    • Jessica Rosen November 21, 2009 at 2:47 am Reply

      Thank you for stopping in and leaving a note, Debra. It’s always a joy to see you. I appreciate your generous feedback and support so much! The guest blog article was a surprise of an opportunity. I have strong feelings about what constitutes a Shiny WIN for NaNo, as you are aware. Anyone who reads The Shiny NaNo Secret will be aware of it, too.

      Take good care,
      Jessica Rosen


  2. […] Friday Forum: NaNo Break Time Jessica Rosen is full of good links as usual, this time with an eye to humour. Check out the link to the funny writing quotes, I just loved, “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” […]


  3. Debbie November 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in your post! 🙂


    • Jessica Rosen November 27, 2009 at 9:18 am Reply

      I love your site, Debbie. It’s a delight and definitely belonged in this article.

      Take care,
      Jessica Rosen


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