It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this even though it happens yearly! We had our kick off party, well we call it “gentle nudge” because it wasn’t November yet but had all the briefing and info for newbies to know what would happen for the National Novel Writing Month.
For us, we brought our own food, some people brought snacks to join in the “food pile” and also random prizes for random quiz questions related to Nanowrimo to get participants to remember facts like “What do you win for Nanowrimo? Answer: Nothing! YAY!!” basically things like that.
To remind them that they don’t win anything but their own first draft of their story and a digital badge and all those things.
Mainly, it’s a marathon for yourself to complete your story.
And after the ‘official’ announcements and the whole programme bit we usually have a bit of cake and whatever snacks we’ve pooled in together and talk to each other.
It’s not often you meet other writers who are doing this too.
Besides the kick-off we have write-ins which are just scheduled meet ups somewhere to just type away.
This year’s gear for me is my phone and a keyboard attached to it. Also, yay for bagels, I do have a fondness for those with cream cheese.
Anyway, it’s simple enough, you can still join Nanowrimo. The rest is pretty much up to you to keep on course for your novel! 50,000 words in November. That’s it really. All the rest is up on the official website with the FAQ.
Just a brief post, it’s about Nanowrimo. There’s still time if you want to join it.
By the way, my story is going to be in English, the title is just somewhat of a pun reference thingy.
Here is the start:
The history books said that Singapore was a sleepy fishing village.
That was a horrible lie.
I had no idea where I was but I knew I was somewhere in Singapore. Or rather, Temasek. I only knew this because either this was a very elaborate period set or that I went back in time somehow.
I know, one might think I am sounding utterly too calm for this but I assure you reader, I am not. On the exterior I am such a cool person but on the inside I am wondering what the heck did I do to deserve this.
And that’s how you know that you don’t really have to have quality when doing Nanowrimo, just write the story out first.
Ok, that’s it for this post. GO JOIN if you want to.
I know it’s on the same day as Games Start and a lot of other events too but ehh oh well. Ours start at 4pm so there’s mucho time to go to the others too! (I’m going to Games Start on the Sunday.)
How to get to the Possibility room? Here’s a video:
And here’s the poster! Since you’re reading this, that’s neat. I didn’t state it on the rsvp there and all but I shall wear a dragon suit or something. That’s the exclusive info for being my reader (?!).
Don’t be shy. Or well, you can be shy too but just come to the party.
Click to enlargen the poster! Or you can download it here. The Nanowrimo Kick-Off party will be at the possibility room (level 5) of the central library on the 26th October! Don’t forget to actually sign up in the main Nanowrimo website though. The RSVP thread will be out in October.
What do we do at kick-offs? We have intro to Nano, quizzes, fun and stickers.
If you don’t know how to get to the fifth floor of the central library. You can take a lift, that’s just a video of me taking the escalator and trying to get up there as fast as possible. Starts at 6pm to 8pm but generally for those who have been to the parties know the ‘main’ part of it ends around 7pm and the rest is the major mingling and cake time.
And if you’re not Nanowrimo-ing… JOIN THE ZOMBIE WALK!
The Nanowrimo kick-off for Singapore was wonderful. With 66 people sigining in, NOT including their parents/children or friends who came with them, they filled up the programme zone of the Bishan Library.