Happy Thanksgiving, and oh look! It’s the End Days!

Posted by Niassa on November 26, 2015 in NaNoWriMo 2015 |

Can you believe there’s just four—FOUR—days left of NaNoWriMo for 2015?!? Where’d the time go?

Today is Thanksgiving, and I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to all of you. Each and every one of you has made NaNoWriMo a success this year. Word counts are great, but they are not the end all, be all of this experience. You’ve taken a step outside your comfort zone to not just take on a challenge to write the equivalent of 1,667 words per day, but to write a novel—a book… YOUR BOOK! Every day, you inspire me and inspire each other to push on. When times got tough and word counts slid, you’ve all been there to help cheer us on and keep us going. So thank you—to each and every one of you!

I’d also like to say thank you to my partner in crime, my co-ML Katharine Swan. She’s taking over the planning of the TGIO party as I gear up for surgery next week. She’s also been amazing at keeping things running and going smoothly. Thank you, my friend!

And, ya know, I gotta say thanks to Chris Baty (though he’ll likely never read this), because without him, we wouldn’t have this crazy-oh-my-gosh-it’s-wonderful-but-holy-cow-it’s-crazy month called NaNoWriMo. Thanks, Chris! 🙂

Moving on to business…

We have four days left, my friends. Four days to get your word counts up to 50k. It doesn’t matter if you have 49k words or 49 words—YOU CAN STILL DO IT! I BELIEVE IN YOU! And I’m not kidding—last year, I took on the (albeit crazy) challenge of writing 50k in 5 days. So, I know it’s absolutely possible to do! Forget Black Friday—the deals aren’t even that good anyway. And you run the risk of being trampled. Nah, stay at home, curled up with your computer or notebook, and spend the day writing. Or, better yet, head on out to one of the write-ins that will be happening tomorrow. Let our collective energy and atmosphere help get you to a win!

Speaking of winning… VALIDATION HAS BEGUN. Don’t forget that it’s not enough to just write the 50k words, you need to validate it in the validator! There’s no worry of the system stealing your ideas or your words—on the back end, it’s just a validator that counts the words and then dumps them. Nothing is ever saved. If you’re still concerned, you can take your words and run them through an obfuscator (do a google search for nanowrimo obfuscate for more info) and then upload the obfuscated text into the validator. Also, it’s important to note that not all programs count words the same. For example, your word processor may say you have 50,005 words, but the validator says it’s 50,014 or worse, 49,996. You’ll want to give yourself a little cushion, just to be safe. I, personally, recommend you validate ASAP. Still continue to update your word count, though—you won’t need to re-validate once you’ve hit that 50k and validated to get the purple bar. If you have any questions, feel free to post in the forums!

Moving on to the write-ins for the last few days:

3pm – 5pm—Nixon’s in Englewood
3pm – 6pm—Sojorner’s Coffee and Tea in Denver
5pm – 7pm—BookBar in Denver
5pm – 8pm—Panera in Aurora
8pm – 12am—Perkins in Denver

8am – 11am—Stella’s Coffee Haus in Denver
10am – 12pm—Global Goods Coffee Shop in Olde Town Arvada
Please note: The Parker English Tealeaves Café Write-in has been canceled due to the teahouse beginning their Holiday Tea parties.

3pm – 6pm—Enchanted Grounds in Littleton
5pm – 8pm—BookBar in Denver

2pm – 4pm—Auraria Faculty and Staff Club
5pm – 8pm—Sheridan Public Library in Sheridan
6pm – 8pm—Atlanta Bread Company in Aurora
7pm – 9pm—Write-in AND Social at BookBar in Denver
7pm – 9pm—Front Range Community College in Westminster

That’s it, folks! See you on the other side.

And don’t forget to validate!!! 

Write on? Right on!!


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