Week 1 Pep Talk

Hi guys!

Well. It’s the first week of November! Are you guys excited? I know I am! Let the madness begin!

For those that don’t know, I am one of your MLs this year, kitkatt. Myself and HGL (her name really is too long to type all the time) are really excited to be able to return as your regional leaders this year. In fact, we have been planning things since August to make this an even better year than last year!

I’ll get to all the pep and everything in a minute but right now, I’d like to direct your attention to some other official things before I start being even more cheerful. First off, the Memphis region now as an official email for you to get in contact with the MLs at any time. The email is Nanomemphis@gmail.com. You can email us at any time and we will respond ASAP.

Secondly, we really want to encourage everyone to interact with us on social media. We have a pretty active Facebook group for those who don’t already know. The group is called Memphis WriMos. We also have a Twitter account for the region, along with personal ones for HGL and I. The region’s is @NaNoMem. Mine is @mem_kittkatt. HGL’s is @authorAMDevine. And, kinda tying into the whole social media thing, we have a regional website! It’s live and everything. You can find that at NaNoMemphis.com. It has blogs, helpful resources, and all sorts of goodies that should help during this November.

Thirdly, we are trying our hardest to put together a Memphis based Write-a-thon. We’ve been raising money since August to make this the biggest and best NaNo get-together the region has ever seen. If you’d like to donate to this cause, we have a GoFundMe (gofundme.com/nanomemphis). Anything you donate will be put either directly into our region’s NaNo efforts or to the Offices of Letters and Light, who are the awesome people who put on NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo every year. Please donate if you can!

Alright, we’re done with the business stuff now. And don’t worry! We won’t include all that (or at least that much about everything) in later newsletters. Business isn’t something you want to think about right now, right? Just writing! Well good, because it’s week one of NaNoWriMo! I’m sure you all have your pens ready to go as soon as it strikes midnight November 1st. Below is a list of events hosted this first week so everyone can make plans to come and hang out. We’re going to write until our hands fall off!

But wait, you might be thinking, I don’t have any ideas! How will I write when November starts without an idea? Well, that’s why we have our pre-NaNo get together. We’ll be talking and hanging out and getting into the groove at IHOP Wolfchase to kick things off this year. Both myself and HGL will be there to help, encourage, and everything else you might need to help during the first moments of November.

After that… well, that’s what other write-ins are for! Just keep things manageable for yourself. If you can’t write 1667 words in one go, break it into easier chunks. If you write 100 words in 15 minutes, do that then reward yourself. Push yourself but don’t punish yourself. You got this. And if you can’t make a write-in, always remember that through social media and the forums, we’re all here to help one another.

— Week One Events —

11/3 – 7AM-10AM – HGL will be hosting a write-in at a local Starbucks (The one on Sycamore view near I40) so our early morning people can get some words in! Coffee and fun will be had by all!

11/4 – 8PM-11PM – Join kitkatt at Gibson’s Donuts (760 Mount Moriah Road, Memphis, TN 38117) for the revival of her weekly Donut Madness Write-In! We take over the place (kinda) and write like mad with sugar running through our veins!

11/6-9/7 – 10PM-3AM – What’s a great food for jump starting creativity? Pancakes. Well, that and other food that IHOP provides. We’ll be at our ‘usual’ IHOP (Wolfchase location) with lots of fun and writing to be had!

We’ll be sending these pep talks out each Friday (normally-this one’s HGL’s fault)so we can keep you guys refreshed on every event we are having! Unofficial write-ins will also be included so feel free to let HGL or kitkatt know about any event you’re hosting and we’ll add it to the calendar!

And remember: just keep writing !

<3 kitkatt

(MLHGL loves you all, and she’s sorry that this one is a smidge behind schedule, but she’s gonna make sure you can’t miss it.)