Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NaNoWriMo Update - 20131120

Well, it's time for another NaNoWriMo update.  This week I wish to discuss what is called a "write-in" – a group of NaNoWriMo's get together to inspire each other to write.

In the past, I traveled to Shreveport to attend these write-ins.  (About 3 to 4 years ago since my last visit.)  Of the times I participated, I pumped out enough words to meet or beat my 1667 word daily requirement. 

This year, I did not know if they still gathered for them.  The reason I stopped is that the interest in them died. On my last trip, I found that I was the only one to show up.

At the time, there were only three regions in Louisiana.  I found out this year that several more have started and one of them encompassed the Shreveport area.

So, I joined that region on the NaNoWriMo site as well as the Shreveport Region's Facebook page.  I found out that they restarted the Saturday write-in.

Three people showed this past Saturday and we worked on our projects. I brought a tablet and external USB keyboard.  (How that worked out will be the subject of a different blog.  Big Grin)

We held three sets of sprints along with some free time to write without being timed.  As I gained familiarity with that new keyboard, I increased my word count.  My first sprint produced 249 words.  The second (360 words) and third (460 words) faired better.

My companions did so much better.  They reported entering anywhere from 600 to 800 words during each of those 20-minute sprints.

In total, I wrote over 1600 words during the 3 hours I sat in the Barnes and Nobles cookbook section.  I would have gotten more if I would have stopped talking during the breaks and wrote. BG.

If you have a chance to attend a write-in, take it.  You might find that 'push' one needs to write those extra words you might need for your manuscript.

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