NaNoWriMo will soon begin…

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_municipalliaisonFor the second year, I’ve been appointed a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison (ML) for the Christchurch, New Zealand region. Okay… I can see the some of you reading this and wondering why this is such a big deal.

Well, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international writing event where writers from around the world commit themselves to putting pen to paper (or their fingers to the keyboard) and writing the first draft of a novel within the span of one month. You track your progress daily using word count trackers on the NaNoWriMo site. You are encouraged to connect with other writers and it’s all fun and games from there.

If you succeed in penning at least 50,000 words during the month of November, then you are entitled to a range of prizes, including discounts to sites and resources for writers. (But the biggest prize is that you wrote something.)

Within Christchurch, we have two MLs (and quite likely a variety of helpers). We are a reasonably sized region, with participants living as far north as Pegasus and as far south as Lincoln and Rolleston. We probably have others living further afield who have remained silent, however, most of our participants live within Christchurch proper. As MLs, it’s our job to ensure that those participating in NaNoWriMo are kept informed with what’s up, both at NaNoWriMo and within our region. We’ve organised some write-ins and more are coming. And we will be facilitating and moderating various online chats and forums, all in the name of connecting with fellow writers.

So who exactly are the MLs for Christchurch?

The Christchurch MLs for 2015. Judy Mohr (left) and Amy Paulussen (right)

The Christchurch MLs for 2016. Judy L Mohr (left) and Amy Paulussen (right)

Amy Paulussen (aka sunburntdaisy on NaNoWriMo) has been writing women’s fiction and romance for five years but has been doing NaNoWriMo for twice that long. These past few months, she’s been working with a literary agent and revising a novel about a Kiwi nanny in over her head with an English family in Paris. Amy also writes historical fiction and is a hopeless Janeite. Writers in Christchurch might be familiar with Amy in her other role as the chair of the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). Amy’s personal website is here.

Then there is me (Judy Mohr on the NaNoWriMo site): a writer of fantasy and science fiction, and a freelance editor with Black Wolf Editorial Services. Writers within Christchurch will also know me as the president of the Christchurch Writers’ Guild. When I’m not writing, editing or doing something for writing within the local community, I’m the host of a radio show about science on KLRN Radio , Conversations in Science.

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participantAmy and I will be working together to ensure that all NaNoWriMo participants throughout the greater Christchurch region get the opportunity to meet with other Christchurch WriMo crazies writers. Feel free to drop us a line through the NaNoWriMo website, or if you’re on Facebook, make sure you make yourself known through the “NaNoWriMo Christchurch” closed group. Or for those of you on Twitter, use the hashtag #ChChWriMos.

P.S. I’d love to meet you on Twitter or Facebook.

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