We are so close. NaNoWriMo 2012 is looming around the bend, and if you’re anything like me, your head is abuzz with questions. Will I win this year? What am I going to write about? What is the ideal way to mash potatoes during American Thanksgiving with one hand whilst typing on my laptop with the other?
The best thing about the NaNoWriMo community is that not only are you collectively good-looking and kind, you are wise beyond your years (whatever years those may be; tack on fifteen, and we officially declare that that is the age of your wisdom. Tada!).
The wisdom of the NaNoWrimo sages who’ve come before you is ready for your perusal in the “Reaching 50,000” forum. Distressed about the fact that NaNoWriMo seems hungry for your inner spirit? Commiserate at the “NaNoWriMo Ate My Soul” forum! We’ve got Wrimos who’ll be blogging for us about writing while parenting toddlers, writing while on a book tour, and writing while preparing for a marathon.
But we also know you have specific situations that are unique to you as November approaches. It’s why we’re throwing our folding chair over our shoulder, marching out to the side of the information superhighway, and setting up shop: Free NaNoWriMo Advice (Lemonade included, if you happen to be in Berkeley).
Every week, we’ll answer a few of your questions:
“Is it too late to outline?” you may be wondering.
“I know violence is never the answer, but really, is violence never the answer? What if it’s fictional violence against a soulless robot samurai lord whose only mission is to destroy me and everything I love? Also, he smells like liverwurst?”
“Can I really do this?”
Every week, your question may be answered by a denizen of NaNoLand. Your novel-whisperer/life coach/quipper could be the staff member best-suited (or, let’s be honest, with the most time), an ML or fellow Wrimo, or of course, Mr. Ian Woon, the Plot Bunny, the Traveling Shovel of Death, the Guilt Monkey, or Chris Baty himself. They all pass through at odd times, but even the TSoD has a layover nearby fairly often.
Shoot us a question here! We think it’d be nice to start with Dear NaNoWriMo, and end with Yours in writing, “PSEUDONYM-THAT-REFERS-TO-MY-QUANDARY-HERE”. But that’s just a suggestion. If you’d like to include your word count, and favorite mythical creature, well, that’s just icing.
Yours in writing,
Eagerly Anticipating Questions in Berkeley
Loch Ness FTW