Calgary NaNo 2017 Events

Have a question? Email us at wrimotaursATgmailDOTcom. All RSVPs should be done on the relevant event post on our regional forum. Don’t forget the RSVP Guidelines!

 

Library Presentations – Saturday October 21 – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE

•Inspired Ideas – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – RSVP here

•Groovy Genres – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – RSVP here

•NaNoWriMo Q&A – 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – RSVP here

~~NOTE: These events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

Newcomers’ Night – Wednesday October 25 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

New to NaNo? NaNo expert but new to Calgary? Come out and see what the Wrimotaurs are all about. This event is for those new to NaNo/Calgary only. Those of you who have been around the block will be very very bored. Please save your excitement for Kickoff. Please do direct any newcomers to this event!

 

Kickoff – Sunday October 29 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

An exciting, sugar-fueled kickoff to November. Come out to have fun, meet other Wrimos, and get excited!

 

Midnight Kickoff – Tuesday October 31 – 10:00pm to Wednesday November 1 – 2:00 am, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

An exciting, caffeine-fueled start to November. We eat sugar and load up on coffee and at midnight? WE WRITE!

 

Weekday Night Write-Ins – Wednesday November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29- 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

Come on out for some yummy food and some conversation and some friendly writing competition that’s certain to increase your word count!

 

Weekend Write-Ins

Much like the weekday write-in, but on a weekend and during the day! The times/locations change and are as follows:

•Sunday November 5 – 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE. RSVP here

•Sunday November 12 – 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE. RSVP here

•Sunday November 19 – Time and Location to be confirmed

•Sunday November 26 – Time and Location to be confirmed

~~NOTE: The library events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

MOD Online Office Hours – Day and Time TBD – calgarynano.ca/chat/

Questions for an ML/Moderator? Ask them here!

 

Marathon Write-In – Saturday November 18 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

A crazy long chunk of noveling insanity! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll make lots of new friends, and you’re guaranteed to add to your word count.

 

Push to the Finish – Thursday November 30 – 8:00pm to Friday December 1 – 12:30 am, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

An exciting, caffeine-fueled end to November. Get those final words in before the month is over.

 

TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) – Sunday December 3 – Time TBD, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

A (somewhat tired) send-off to the craziness of November and a serene welcome to the (relative) calm of December. There will be celebrations and commiserations, there will be celebratory food and drink and there will be prizes. Come out. You want to celebrate your achievement, don’t you?

Calgary NaNo 2016 Events

Have a question? Email us at wrimotaursATgmailDOTcom. All RSVPs should be done on the relevant event post on our regional forum. Don’t forget the RSVP Guidelines!

 

Library Presentations – Saturday October 15 – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE

•Creating Characters – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – RSVP here

•Planner Vs. Pantser – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – RSVP here

•NaNoWriMo Q&A – 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – RSVP here

~~NOTE: These events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

Newcomers’ Night – Tuesday October 18 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

New to NaNo? NaNo expert but new to Calgary? Come out and see what the Wrimotaurs are all about. This event is for those new to NaNo/Calgary only. Those of you who have been around the block will be very very bored. Please save your excitement for Kickoff. Please do direct any newcomers to this event!

 

Kickoff – Saturday October 29 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

An exciting, sugar-fueled kickoff to November. Come out to have fun, meet other Wrimos, and get excited! RSVP here.

 

Midnight Kickoff – Monday October 31 – 10:00pm  to Sunday November 1 – 2:00 am, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

An exciting, caffeine-fueled start to November. We eat sugar and load up on coffee and at midnight? WE WRITE! RSVP here.

 

Weekday (Monday/Tuesday) Night Write-Ins – Monday November 7, 28 / Tuesday November 15, 22 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

Come on out for some yummy food and some conversation and some friendly writing competition that’s certain to increase your word count!

 

Weekend Write-Ins

Much like the weekday write-in, but on a weekend and during the day! The times/locations change and are as follows:

•Saturday November 5 – 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE. RSVP here.

•Saturday November 12 – 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4:30 pm – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE. RSVP here.

•Saturday November 26 – Time and Location to be confirmed

~~NOTE: The library events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

Chats – Thursdays and Sundays – Time TBD – http://members.shaw.ca/squiddy/chat/

An online version of the write-ins. All the fun with no travel! No need to RSVP, just show up!

 

Marathon Write-In – Saturday November 19 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

A crazy long chunk of noveling insanity! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll make lots of new friends, and you’re guaranteed to add to your word count (many people average 10,000 words on this day).

 

TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) – Saturday December 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

A (somewhat tired) send-off to the craziness of November and a serene welcome to the (relative) calm of December. There will be celebrations and commiserations, there will be celebratory food and drink and there will be prizes. Come out. You want to celebrate your achievement, don’t you?

2016 Year Round Meet Schedule

Hey Wrimotaurs!

Here are the 2016 year-round meets!

  • April 17
  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 21
  • Sept 18

No meetings in October (kickoff), November (well, there will be meets, lots of them), and December (TGIO) as usual.  All meets will be from 5 to 9 pm at the Denny’s McKnight (5015 4 St NE) in the back room.  Just ask for the writers or listen for the laughter.

Watch your e-mails/Facebook/the Forum for RSVP details and we’ll see you there!

Every Word Counts

A note from your MLs: we believe that all words matter, especially words that you get in November. Writing a novel in a month is an exercise in boundless abandon and creativity, which can result in the question of how to balance quality and quantity, especially when your inner editor starts talking. Whatever approach you have selected for NaNoWriMo is the correct approach for you.

 

This is a guest post from Stephan. Stefan is a German living in Canada. By night, he puts on the cape of a dual-lingo self-published author. By day he’s just an average city-worker. This is his take on his first week of ever participating in NaNoWriMo.

 

Personal pacing matters.

On my first day of NaNoWriMo, I wrote 10,477 words.

Then I wrote another 3,000 or so over the next four days after that.

My average day of writing outside of NaNoWriMo is somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 words a day, assuming that I can get myself to actually write. This is the reason I’ve decided to join up this November. To self-challenge. To experiment with motivation, competition, and community.

So. I set out with a great plan. Since I started from a piece of flash fiction I wrote a long time ago, I already had a good feeling about the main character and some of the details supporting the narrative. From there, I came up with a rough idea of where I want to go with this, and I thought about an ending. Then I organized those ideas, branched off some details, and ended up splitting the narrative into four distinct parts.

Each part received a word count. I did this as a way to oversee my writing—if I go over the word count for a given part by too much, I’m not getting to the point. If I’m under by a lot, I rushed things. By no means is any of that set in stone, but it felt like a good way to pace myself throughout NaNoWriMo. Get a sense on how much time I want to spend on each portion.

Here’s the thing. The first part was meant to be 10,000 words. And I wrote those words, ending part one with 477 words over. On the first day. Yay me, let’s take a moment to be happy about that.

But something happened.

Let’s go back to the beginning again. I wrote an outline. Not a big one. Not a complete one. Just for part one. Just a list of events I need to check off as I write this first part of the story, where everything’s getting set up and nasty things get to hit not just regular fans, but jet turbines set to full blast.

But I wanted to finish part one in one day. Up my word count from an average of 1,000 – 2,000 to the fifth digit. And then I forgot a bunch of things. Rushed some other stuff. Made mistakes that will need a lot of correcting after the fact. Which is okay. It really is. After all, NaNoWriMo is for spewing out the story, get the Draft Zero done. Fix it in post. Besides, the part ended where I wanted it to be, so none of it affects anything later one. Just, if you read what’s written in part two already, you’d notice elements used that never got introduced prior. Like an entire minor character suddenly appearing as if the main character has been interacting with him before. But she hasn’t because I rushed myself into skipping that detail. Easy fix, but still a crucial mistake.

Because I know it’s missing where it should have been, it makes writing everything after that feel weird. I know this is not right. It bugs me. Makes me want to go back and correct, which is the worst thing for me. Once I start editing and fixing, I’ll have a hard time pressing on.

I’m sure many know the problem about the inner editor wanting to fix what’s there instead of letting the rest come out. That’s why it’s so hard to have these crucial (and frankly unnecessary) oversights.

I wrote 10k words in one day. More than my average. More than most successful authors’ daily count. I follow some of those on twitter, and if they have a single 6,000 word day, it’s all exciting and big deal and that. And while some crazy people finished their 50,000 in the same time (because sleep’s overrated), my 10,000 still feels like a tonne.

But it caused me to screw up. It didn’t feel good the moment I jumped into the next part.

The next few days, I wrote less because I had to work my day job. My lowest day was 140 words, just to chuck along the idea, start the next chapter, have something other than a blank page. On my first day off, I wrote something in the mid-2,000. And it felt as if I got a lot covered in that shorter count. It felt good. Felt right. Those 2,000 words took me almost as long as the first 10,000 did—being on and off the computer, cleaning house, cooking food, playing games.

Thing is, word count counts. Not THE word count. Not anybody else’s word count. Your word count is all that matters. What feels right, what feels rushed? Is it worth writing ten-times your daily average if you have to fix half it with some pretty heavy, ugly tools after? To be fair, most first drafts require some major surgery after the fact to make things right, to extract the great novel hidden in this pile of words. But some of that hard labour could potentially be prevented by simply pacing oneself. And if things click better by going slower, avoiding big mistakes like I did, everything after the fact might feel a lot better, knowing that pieces are in place where they should be so far.

Personal pacing is the key to any success. Can’t do more than 1,000 words a day? You may not finish what NaNoWriMo officially wants, but you’ll still finish when you do. And that’s the lesson here, after all.

On my first day of NaNoWriMo, I wrote 10,477 words. But I didn’t waste time or energy on my notes, made sure I covered it all. And now I need to go back later and fix a lot more than was necessary. And I plan on not letting this happen again, even if that means shortening word counts to spend a bit more time on keeping things in order.

Because personal pacing matters

Flow

The following is a guest post from Tiffany (Angelkirb).  Tiffany lives in Calgary and her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, knitting, and watching a variety of TV shows (which goes better with some of her hobbies than others).

 

I was recently asked to write a blog post and I wasn’t sure what to write about, as NaNo hadn’t officially started yet and I didn’t think I had faced any writing issues so far. After a little reflection, though, I realize I still needed to decide what I wanted to write. I had a novel picked out and ready to go other than an in depth outline. Just as started it, though, the inspiration for a storyline about a favourite D&D character struck. Just days before NaNo started I was daydreaming new scenes for the D&D fanfic and I found myself conflicted. I felt like I should be writing the novel I’d been looking so forward to for the last year, yet I couldn’t get the idea of the fanfic out of my head. Either way I had to choose, as time was running out and I hadn’t done the planning I needed for either one.  I found myself talking to a number of people over the next few days, trying to get a sense of what I should do. I got a lot of really good advice, but I noticed one main reoccurring theme and I think it applies to all of NaNo.

Write what flows and follow your heart.

So simple, yet it can be easy to forget or ignore. I find when I do that’s when I run into trouble with my writing. Especially at a crazy time like November when we are trying to get so much written in such a short time frame, it doesn’t take much to fall prey to over planning and the frustration of trying to get your novel back to where it’s “supposed” to be after it’s gone off track. Whether you’re a planner or not, don’t sweat it when this happens. Just go with it. As long as the words are flowing and you’re having fun with it, you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. You can always go back and fix it up later if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you want, but for now, just getting the words down is all you need to focus on. So go with it, follow your heart, and get your words!

The Wall

The following is a guest post from Danni. She is 29 years old and lives in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta.  She has a healthy obsession with pens and stationary in general, and can often be found doing anything to get out of writing her novel, or wallowing in shame for letting herself fall behind.  She hopes to one day be the next vaguely recalled author loved by hundreds.

 

Love. That is the only way to describe what you feel for the novel that you started at the beginning of November. It’s amazing. The characters are dynamic, the plot is amazing, and if there’s a few typos, well, you can fix those in December.

And then, the wall.

That insurmountable structure of doubt that tells you that this is the worst novel you’ve ever written. Or maybe just the worst novel on the face of the planet. It tells you that you had no right to think you could write an entire novel – especially not in a month. And it tells you that you can’t finish. You won’t finish, and you’ll be shamed into never doing nano again.

We all face this wall. Every wrimo (in fact, every writer) faces this wall. And, don’t despair, because you will get past it!

It may not seem like it in the moment. As you’re listening to those whispered doubts, it might seem like that wall stretches further than the sky. But it doesn’t. Take a moment. Remind yourself that it’s worth it. That this is not the worst novel in the world. And keep going. You’ll make it through the month, and in the end, you’ll have a finished novel. Something you can hold up and say ‘I did that’

And if you need help, the wrimos are always there. Hit the forums or the chat and someone will be there to remind you that we’re all on this crazy journey together.

Good luck and keep writing.

The Adventure of November!

The following is a guest post from Molly Twiddy. Molly is a writer of YA and Sci-Fi/Fantasy, reader of all things, player of Violin, Piano, Ukulele, and a bit of Guitar. She’s taking things one day at a time and is loving life. You can find her blogging at https://storieslikesnow.wordpress.com/ or on the National Novel Writing Month website at http://nanowrimo.org/participants/molly-bee

Somehow September and October have slid by without me even noticing. The yo-yo weather, the turning of the leaves, the start of school… I’ve missed it all and once again it’s November. Which means National Novel Writing Month.

Cue tears. Of joy? Sadness? Horror? Excitement? I’m really not sure.

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I’m a planner. Not that I particularly enjoy being one. I just know that if I don’t have a solid plan in place, I’ll fizzle out after five chapters. Normally I use October to plan. As I sit here and think back, I’m fairly certain that October didn’t even happen this year.

My lovely baristas at Starbucks have been checking in on me often this week as I’ve spent ridiculous hours sitting at a table planning away. Occasionally they may have caught me trying to pull out my hair. I may or may not be incredibly behind in all my planning.

The goal that I set for myself for November 2015 is lofty: 140,000 words. I’m legitimately worried for my sanity. But, you know, #yolo I may as well try! Last year I barely hit 70,000. That means the sane leap is to double it, right?

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My first two NaNo’s I technically lost (by an astronomically large margin I might add). How do you write 50,000 words in a single month? These are a few of my strategies:

  1. Tell literally everyone you know that you’re doing this. That way they’ll lovingly question you when you aren’t writing.
  2. Drink lots and lots of coffee.
  3. Write without editing. Maybe turn off your computer screen, make your font white, remove your backspace key (I’m not that brave. I’ve already used that particular key… well… a lot in this post).
  4. Eat a lot of chocolate. To be healthy have a chocolate fondue with fruit.
  5. Write in every bit of spare time that you manage to dredge up.
  6. Drink more coffee.
  7. Haunt the NaNo chat in all hours of the night until you hit your daily word count goal.

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Healthy strategies, right? I think sleep takes a backburner for me in November. And I drink far more coffee than water. Maybe if you try some of my strategies you should make them a little healthier. Just a suggestion.

Last year I did realize something important, and I think that all writers who do NaNoWriMo should keep this in the back of their minds: Winning is relative.

“How can that be? The goal is 50,000 words! The word counter tells me that!”

Yeah, and? Some people can’t write that fast. Some people have a love for their backspace key (*cough* *holds up hand* ME). Some people want their inner editor in the middle of their mind instead of the front or the back.

All of that is okay! The amount of words you write in November is still more than writing nothing. It’s a great achievement to write a short story that you’re happy with. Another great achievement is coming out of the month with a solid first five chapters of your book. The amount of words you write may determine if you officially ‘Win’, but there’s honestly no way you can lose.

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My idea of winning in November is simply this: just keep writing. Adopt the attitude of Dori from Finding Nemo! Seriously, it’ll make November so much more fun. And always remember that there’s an awesome community who’s got your back if you only ask for a little help.

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Good luck all NaNo-ers! I hope to see you in the chat, and in the forums, and at the write-ins where you’ll write awesome words, no matter how many you manage to crank out during the month.

Molly

P.S. I can’t help myself… I adore Sam!

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Calgary NaNo 2015 Events

Have a question? Email us at wrimotaursATgmailDOTcom. All RSVPs should be done on the relevant event post on our regional forum. Don’t forget the RSVP Guidelines!

 

 

Weekday (Monday/Tuesday) Night Write-Ins – Monday November 2, 23, 30/Tuesday November 10, 17 from 5:00 to 9:00, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

Come on out for some yummy food and some conversation and some friendly writing competition that’s certain to increase your word count!

 

Weekend Write-Ins

Much like the weekday write-in, but on a weekend and during the day! The times/locations change and are as follows:

  • Saturday November 7 – 4:00 to 7:00  – Shawnessey IHOP – 70 Shawville Blvd
  • Saturday November 21 – Time and Location to be confirmed
  • Saturday November 28 – 1:00 to 4:30  – Fish Creek Library – 11161 Bonaventure Dr SE

 

Library Presentations – Saturday November 7 – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE

  • Wonderful Worlds – 12:00 to 1:00
  • Electric Edits – 2:00 to 3:00
  • NaNoWriMo QandA – 3:00 to 3:30

~~NOTE: These events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

Chats – Tuesdays and Fridays – 7:00 to 9:00 – http://members.shaw.ca/squiddy/chat/

An online version of the write-ins. All the fun with no travel! No need to RSVP, just show up!

 

Marathon Write-In – Saturday November 14 from 8:00 to 4:00, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

A crazy long chunk of noveling insanity! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll make lots of new friends, and you’re guaranteed to add to your word count (many people average 10,000 words on this day).

 

Midway Social Party/Write-In – Sunday November 15 from 7:00 to 9:00, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

Mostly-social party, partly-write in. Bring your stories and writerly commiserations and also your writing gear.

 

Library Write-Ins – Sunday November 29 – Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE

  • 12:15 to 2:00
  • 2:00 to 4:45

The write-ins will have the usual word wars, box of awesome, and buckets of doom, but we will focus less on the social aspect and way more on the writing we should all be doing. ~~NOTE: These events require a valid (also now free!) adult library card and you MUST register for the event with the CPL. If you do not register, you may show up and hope for a no-show, but we cannot guarantee this.~~

 

 

TGIO (Thank Goodness It’s Over) – Saturday December 5 from 1:00 to 4:00, Odyssey Coffeehouse – V211 Campus Centre Building, SAIT

A (somewhat tired) send-off to the craziness of November and a serene welcome to the (relative) calm of December. There will be celebrations and commiserations, there will be celebratory food and drink and there will be prizes. Come out. You want to celebrate your achievement, don’t you?

 

PAST EVENTS:

 

Newcomers’ Night – Friday October 16 from 7:00 to 9:00, Denny’s McKnight – 5015 – 4 St NE

New to NaNo? NaNo expert but new to Calgary? Come out and see what the Wrimotaurs are all about. This event is for those new to NaNo/Calgary only. Those of you who have been around the block will be very very bored. Please save your excitement for Kickoff. Please do direct any newcomers to this event!

 

Kickoff – Friday October 23 from 7:00 to 10:00, Boston Pizza Southport – 10456 Southport Rd SW

An exciting, sugar-fueled kickoff to November. Come out to have fun, meet other Wrimos, and get excited!

 

Midnight Kickoff – Saturday October 31 – 10:00 to Sunday November 1 – 2:00, Husky House – 2525 32 Ave NE

An exciting, caffeine-fueled start to November. We eat sugar and load up on coffee and at midnight? WE WRITE!