Monday, November 19, 2012

NaNoWriMo Update #2: Random House Write-In

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about the writing challenge I've signed up to tackle this month.  Click HERE to read the post.  Basically, the challenge is to write 50 000 words of a novel in 30 days, or 1667 words a day during the month of November. 

I've managed to keep pretty much on track, some days being better than others.  By midnight tonight I should have 31 673 words written to be on pace to finish on time.  As of this writing, I'm sitting at 30 257.  I'm tempted to just copy and paste this blog post in there to help boost the word count, but I won't.  But no promises if I'm a few words short on November 30th. 

I'm still enjoying the writing process, and I've found myself longing to write when I can't.  I'm still staying up late some nights to catch up on my word count when I've fallen behind.  And I'm enjoying interacting with people online and hearing about how the process is going for them.

One of the highlights for me so far this month was being a part of Random House Canada's first NaNoWriMo write-in at the downtown Toronto office.  On Sunday, November 18th, I made my downtown for a four hour write-in.  There were more than 20 other writers from the GTA in attendance, and we were met by editors and other staff of Random House who generously donated their time for the event.   Walking into the offices, visitors are greeted by a wall of portraits of various authors.

We were then escorted into the boardroom which is lined with shelves of books.

We were fed breakfast and lunch, and kept energized by an endless supply of coffee.   We were treated to a message of encouragement from Salman Rushdie and given writing tips from a few Random House editors.  To top it off, we were treated to free books!  Boxes and boxes of free boxes.  I came home with an embarrassing number of books.  My mom was over babysitting the kids, and she borrowed one before I even got a chance to take them all out of the bag!

The highlight of the day though was the opportunity to be in such a creative space with so many others who love books and writing as much as I do.  There is an energy that is undeniable when people come together to create, and as difficult as it is to describe, those who are there understand.  There was a bit of talking, but for the most part everyone just had their laptops out and were writing.  During breaks we swapped stories, talked about why we had signed up for NaNoWriMo, and gave each other motivation to keep going. 

It was four hours of work that felt nothing like work.   For that I give a big thank you to the staff who gave up their Sunday for those of us in attendance.

I'm happy that I got to be a part of it, and even more determined to hit the 50 000 word count by the end of the month. 

1 comment :

  1. What an awesome event to be a part of! Wish they had that here in NYC... Will have to look into it.