South San Francisco, CA November 8, 2015 Submitted by Elizabeth Nisperos
If you haven’t heard of Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) , you probably are not a writer. Millions around the world participate in Nanowrimo in several languages during November, where writers torture themselves to write 50,000 words to create a novel in 30 days.
Chris Baty is the accidental founder of Nanowrimo, the author of No Plot No Problem! and co-author of Ready, Set, NOVEL, was the guest speaker at the South San Francisco Public Library,West Orange Branch on November 7 at 11:00 am. The first SSF Nanowrimo write-in began after his presentation.
I asked if I could take his picture, he curtsied and smiled, “Me? Of course!” he said with a resounding yes.
In person, Chris is charming, friendly, warm, and engaging .
Why is it difficult to finish a novel? Not having enough time, having kids, writer’s block, perfectionism? Participating in Nanowrimo lowers your expectation by giving yourself permission to write imperfectly. If the dialogue is bad, let it be bad.
He discovered his voice after his 11th attempt. As you write all the crappy sentences, you uncover ‘magic’, in your voice and the adventure takes you to places you’d never imagined.
His mission is to help folks become high velocity momentum powerhouse writers following Newton’s laws of motion, to keep writers in motion– transforming participants soaring with magical outputs.
*Don’t edit, keep writing.
*Write quantity, revise for quality
*Buy goodies for soul food ahead
*Partner with another writer who is participating in the event.
I’ve not signed up as a Nanowrimo writer, but I told him I’m sketching 50 scenes. A picture is worth 1000 words, and I hand calligraphed a word slowly each day which is worth 5,000 words. Then turn that picture into words.
Places around the world would love Chris Baty to be their guest. Writers at SSF are lucky that Chris chose to be in our city this November. He signed my flier, “Keep making art. You’re an inspiration.”
To sign up CLICK HERE