NaNoWriMo a success again this year

NORTH CREEK - Members of the 2009 National Write a Novel in a Month (NaNoWriMo) group met at the Inn on Gore Mountain to celebrate their November writings Dec. 6.

From a children's book about a cat, to a novel about a plane flying over Costa Rica, to a novel from the perspective of a dog - the NaNoWriMo writers all produced original writing in one month.

"Our group was a delightful, easygoing, supportive group of kindred spirits," said group member Mike Mender.

Writers from all over the world came together during the month of November with the goal to each finish a 50,000 word novel in one month. The North Creek group celebrated its third year of writing in 2009, meeting in cafes, restaurants and libraries to write everyday together.

"It is an international inspiration," said Judith Harper, leader of the local group.

Creating a novel in one month, however, did not come without setbacks, according to Harper.

"I sped through my 2006 novel," she said. "But, this year I was without the light that Susan B. Anthony says is inside of us all."

Harper wasn't alone in her struggles.

"When doing something like this, writing has to be your priority. It wasn't my priority this year," said Anne Morse. "I started my novel and then completely changed my point of view."

Kate Hartley also began NaNoWriMo with a plan that took an unexpected turn.

"This year, I intended on editing some existing writing during NaNoWriMo, but after a few pages, I wanted to find out what happened myself," she said.

She went on to bring her children's book to near completion.

A word goal causes perfection to take a backseat to quantity and for pure writing to be produced, she said.

"I like the word count," said Mason Smith of Long Lake. "It is a release agent and it shuts off the internal editor in all of us."

Smith is a published author and has reached the 60,000 word mark the past two years he has participated in NaNoWriMo.

Although not all of the members of NaNoWriMo 2009 each made progress on a piece of literature, each was able to reflect with fellow writers and learn a little bit about themselves as writers.

Harper plans to continue the program next year and encouraged interested writers to join in 2010.

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