Tonight is the third Nanowrimo write-in I’m hosting at the Borderlands Cafe in San Francisco. If you are local, you should come and write with us, whether you are doing Nanowrimo or not. Every writer is welcome.
So far, the write-ins seem to be a hit. We had 14 the first week and about that many last week (although I forgot to count). The cafe is reserving space for 20 people — and more can be added, if needed. You should come.
And if you’re not in San Francisco? Do a virtual write-in with us. We’ll be sitting down from 6-8 PST.
In terms of these write-ins, I have been so impressed by how serious people are. They come in, settle down, and get to work. We haven’t been doing writing challenges or word sprints or playing with prompts. Everyone has just sat themselves down, opened up their laptops (or in my case, pulled out her composition book), and wrote like the wind.
There is so much to be said for tricking your subconscious into writing. Whether it’s setting a date with yourself for a time when you will be creative — or forcing yourself into a situation where you are surrounded by strangers who are writing and who expect you to be quiet and join in — or the ultimate artificial challenge of slamming down 50,000 words in a month so that you absolutely have to figure out how to write every single day, there are ways to fool your brain into creating more than you can imagine.
Come write with us. And if you can’t come, just write.