NaNoWriMo, wikis, and other technologies

Join us at our meeting on November 7 when our guest presenter will share information about National Novel Writing Month and the “NaNoWriMo” program, as well as how wiki technology is transforming the world of collaborative writing. What better way to get warmed up for the Florida Writers Association Conference the following weekend? Tina Marie, the Orlando liaison to NaNoWriMo, is the speaker who will bring us up to speed.

This is Tina’s fourth year with NaNoWriMo, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. The idea behind the approach is to begin writing that novel you just never quite get around to on November 1; the goal is to have written 50,000 words by midnight, November 30. NaNoWriMo is for everyone, from new writers who have only thought about writing to published authors who want to get ahead on their next project.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output—quantity, not quality. Make no mistake—you will be writing a lot of crap with a lot of mistakes; but, with this approach that’s a good thing, and perfectly acceptable. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you give yourself permission to make mistakes and not worry about them—to forgo the endless tweaks and self-edits that so often get in the way of finishing and too often take away the fun!

The Orlando chapter of NaNoWriMo will be holding a kick-off event on November 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Barney’s Coffee & Tea Co, 1790 W Sand Lake Road (across from the Florida Mall, right behind T G I Fridays). This is a casual event, and punctuality is not required. Periodic write-ins will then be held around town all month to help keep the word counts growing and the energy levels flowing.

In addition to introducing NaNoWriMo, Tina Marie will chat about wikis and other helpful technologies for writers, knowledge that she gleans from her day job as a Communication Technology Specialist for Disney Parks and Resorts, where she advises people in communications how to best use technology. She is proud to share that, in reality, she is a mystery writer, a job she more than enjoys at night.

Join Tina Marie and the Orlando Writers Group on Wednesday, November 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the University Club of Winter Park. The University Club is located at 841 Park Avenue North, on the northwest corner of Park and Webster Avenue. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit the group blog at or contact Stephen Evans, group leader— or 407-898-4299.


October 18, 2007. Meetings Information.

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