On midnight November 1st, fueled by Halloween candy and aspirations of writing the next great American novel, writers around the world began this year's NaNoWriMo. Standing for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and is centered on challenging writers to complete a novel of at least 50,000 words in length within 30 days.
Since its inception in 1999, NaNoWriMo has expanded with spin-offs, including Camp NaNoWriMo taking place in the summer months, and Script Frenzy, going beyond prose to scripts of all varieties. But the original is still the best-known, and has grown to more than a quarter of a million participants, with less than 40,000 crossing the finish line in glory.
For those in Austin who need a little moral support to reach their daily 1,667 word goal, there are write-ins scheduled throughout the month at various locations around the city by the regional group. Hampton Library hosts Friday afternoon write-ins from 1 to 3 p.m. for those down south. Up north, Cedar Park Library has write-ins Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. with wifi and coffee provided, and early birds can join the write-in at Shipley's Do-Nuts in Round Rock Sunday mornings starting at 7 a.m.
There are other events on the Austin regional Google calendar, including online write-ins for those who prefer to keep their community on-screen rather than in-person. Whether you are struggling to find the words, or already more than halfway to the finish line, checking in with your fellow writers can boost your novel-writing powers and your word count.