NaNoWriMo: My Pep Talk & Prep Talk at the Tigard Library Monday

by @thewritermama on October 26, 2012

This will be my final live appearance for a while. Come one, come all! Even NaNo Newbies are welcome

Get direction to tonight’s event! LINK

Hello, NaNoWriMo!

When it comes to movements for writers that I support, NaNoWriMo is definitely one of them.


Well, for one thing, NaNoWriMo is for everyone and anyone. It’s non-exclusive. And there’s a beauty to that kind of come-on-in-and-join-the-fun kind of energy.

The organization has done a good job of keeping their intention pure and has avoided muddying their intent with any kind of corporate interference, which could have so easily happened at any point over the years.

So, let’s hear it for NaNoWriMo, both the month and the organization! And special thanks to founder, Chris Baty. Well done!

For those who wish to participate in National Novel Writing Month, I am giving a talk at the Tigard Public Library that will be both inspirational and practical this Monday, October 29th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The talk will offer an array of inspirational, craft, and career tips. Come one come all!

National Novel Writing Month: Tackle the Ultimate Writer’s Workout
The Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223
Monday, October 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | George and Yvonne Burgess Community Room

November is National Novel Writing Month. Novelists around the globe are gearing up for a 30-day writing marathon. Participants must complete a novel of at least 50,000 words. Whether you have “won” NaNoWriMo before or want to try it for the first time, prepare yourself with this 90-minute pep talk by veteran writing coach Christina Katz. Learn how to pace yourself and stay the course as you tackle one of the most popular and intense writer’s workouts in the world.

For those who can’t make it to Oregon, never mind Tigard, Oregon, here’s a link to my NaNo post from last year, “21 Tips For NaNoWriMo Success Or Any Type of 30-Day Project,” which has received thumbs up from many NaNoWriMo veterans. 🙂

This will be my last public appearance for a while. Many of you know that I have been traveling all over the country in the past year to promote my latest book, The Writer’s Workout.

You have your copy already, right? It’s on your shelf or in your e-reader, or sitting on your desk so you can crack it open in a moment of confusion or discouragement, I hope.

If you are an aspiring novelist, think of The Writer’s Workout as your go-to source when you are ready to take your writing beyond aspirant stage and start envisioning what it might be like to have a lifelong writing career.

NaNoWriMo makes this dream possible for writers all over the world. My work helps those same writers think about the bigger picture and navigate the everyday responsibilities of the working writer.

But in the meantime, forget all of that. Just have a blast writing your novel.

Happy NaNoWriMo month, writers! Now go kick your novel’s butt!

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