Welcome to National Novel Writing Month! Whether or not you’re officially in the NaNoWriMo challenge (you can still enter at www.nanowrimo.org), I encourage you to challenge yourself on word count this month. It’s a great way to make your goal for Prod Your Muse with SSRA, and gets you that much closer to a finished product for 2014.
As you might expect, we at SSRA have some events already scheduled to help you on your way!
November 3—National Sandwich Day. And why, you may wonder, is this important to your writing goals? Simple: this is your excuse for offering a sandwich at every meal. This day is to honor John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who is responsible for creating the sandwich–a feat I believe should be celebrated all month (especially if it means I don’t have to cook!). Before you credit the Earl’s culinary creativity, you should know this: he was a heavy gambler, and when spending long hours at British gambling hells, he resented taking time away from the table to eat! Thus, he requested his meat be slapped between two slices of bread, enabling him to eat as he gambled, without having to put down his cards to use that pesky knife and fork. Who knew gambling and laziness could produce such brilliant results?
November 6—10am: PAN-be meeting at the Homosassa Library. Even if you don’t have a question, please plan on coming. You can work on your WIP, get some plot ideas, or brainstorm with a partner. This is your chance to further your personal project–don’t miss out!
November 10-–USMC Day! How does this help your writing? Well, Cheryl Charles, our web guru (and the reason you’re even reading this blog right now!) is a former Marine. Today celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps, which was created during the Revolutionary War, and who has participated in every war involving the United States. Today (as well as tomorrow–Nov. 11–Veteran’s Day) please take a moment to thank all of those service men/women who have served or are serving our country. Their sacrifice has safe-guarded our freedom, including our First Amendment rights critical to readers, writers and free-thinkers in the U.S.
November 15—10am-1pm SSRA General Meeting. The speaker this month is perfect to help you jumpstart your manuscript if you’re in the sagging middle of NaNoWriMo at this point! Our guest speaker, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair, delves into the exciting world of research! No matter the genre, research is imperative for our fiction. Don’t miss this excellent program as we learn the best ways to incorporate research into our stories.
November 17–21–RWA is offering a FREE class: “Time Management and a Writing Career”, presented by Tanya Michaels. For most writers, the more successful you become, the busier you get! It’s important for your career—and your mental health—to have strategies for managing your time. This course will look at setting goals, building more writing time, maximizing output, protecting your schedule, and managing the many non-writing tasks that come with a writing career. The class will take place on an RWA U forum in myRWA and is offered at no cost to members. Register for the class at http://rwa.org/rwau.
Good luck to you all, my fellow Mer-folk, as you challenge yourself this month on boosting your WIP word count!
SSRA President, and Proud 6-time NaNoWriMo Participant!
Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu.
Dylan can be found online at: DylanNewton.com