Powerpoint and pictures from the 2015-10-08 prep workshop: NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell

Catherine Brennan and Tim Yao led this highly interactive workshop at the beautiful, new Santori Library (Aurora Public Library system), facilitated by Cassie.

Ref: Powerpoint slides

This interactive workshop covered many topics, including:

  • why you might want to write your novel in November
  • how you can develop a framework for your novel
  • why you want to finish in November
  • tools you might want to consider
  • strategies for succeeding
  • how to avoid getting derailed by
    • writer’s block
    • plot bunnies
    • mid-month slump
    • not finishing in November

There were three writing exercises:

  • try out a word war (writing to one of three pictures)
  • visualization exercise (describe a place using all five senses but leaving out people)
  • add a person to the mix

Tim is a founding member of the Journey, co-Municipal Liaison for the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month, and the author of several short stories.

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