• Tomson Jane Oliver

Kicking off NaNoWriMo 2021



Kicking off my effort to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, I feel excited that prep work done last week is making the transition into writing roughly 2000 words each day possible. I thought I’d list a few things that I’ve discovered along the way.


That ever important human connection:

  • I discovered some writing groups online, through attending conventions, and joining their discord servers. Some of us have teamed up as “buddies” on the NaNoWriMo.org site.

  • I started taking classes with Sandra Beckwith and the group she runs on Facebook has a few members who’ve also graciously teamed up as writing “buddies”.

  • Additionally, there are regional groups that are quite active on the NaNoWriMo site and I’ve joined one that is relatively close to where I live. Although none of us are meeting up in person this year (thanks to the Pandemic), there is potential for that down the line.

  • Last but not least, I’ve mentioned NaNoWriMo to friends and colleagues and their feedback and support are invaluable.


Online Resources for writers, from writing aids to online classes:


Books I use and highly recommend, from punctuation and grammar to voice and style:

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