NaNoWriMo 2019

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Hi Writers. We are gearing up for NaNoWriMo in November with our collective novel – The Devil Wears Flannel. There are still spots available. Please send an email to rwbarrow@live.com to claim a date. All the details are posted below. Get ready to write your chapter and join in the FUN!

NovemberName:
1Marian Exall
2Pam Helberg
3Linda Lambert
4Victoria Doerper
5Alicia Jamtaas
6Susan Chase-Foster
7Janet Oakley
8Amory Peck
9Barbara Govednik
10Karin Jones
11Greg Macdonald
12Laura Rink
13Heather Lea
14Diane Wood
15Mary Lou Haberman
16Jae Heidenreich
17Kate Miller
18Sky Hedman
19Marla Bronstein
20Heidi Beierle
21Carol McMillan
22
23Isabel Castro
24
25
26Kristi Lyn Reddy
27Sean Dwyer
28Cami Ostman
29
30Marion Exall

Rules:

  • We’ll be using typical “improvisational theater” rules for this project. The most important guideline for improvisation is to accept offers, to say yes to what other authors contribute. For example, if the main character is given a mother in chapter three, the author of chapter four must accept that mother as a character now and give her space in the book. How much space author #4 gives mom is up to him, but he can’t say, “So the next day mom died and we get back to the story from chapter 2.”
  • Astute readers/authors of later chapters can pick up threads from and move action along from earlier chapters but must not negate what earlier authors have set in motion. There can be no, “I woke up and it was all a dream.” Accept and work with what earlier players have given you–like in a game of Scrabble. Also like a game of Scrabble, if you see that the story has backed up into a corner, seek to open up the “board” by creating possibilities for those who come after you. Okey dokey?
  • Don’t kill off the protagonist or a major character necessary to the moving forward of the plot
  • Don’t destroy the setting
  • Let’s try to create an ARC. The first third of the writers can focus on building the mystery, setting the stage for the problem. The second third can ramp up the tension and bring us to a point where we HAVE to know what will happen or who did it or why things are the way they are. The last third of the authors can focus on the denouement.

Process:

  1. You’ll get an email the day before you are to write your chapter.
  2. Read the chapters that have come before your assigned chapter on this page.
  3. On the day you’ve agreed to write, write!
  4. Send your chapter to us no later than 9 p.m. on YOUR day. We will make sure it’s posted. Send it in an attached Word document to this email: rwbarrow@live.com. The subject line should be Chapter #.
  5. Communicate with your fellow authors in this Facebook group (ask to join if you aren’t already in the group).
  6. Have fun!