If you are looking for a fun and relaxing way to network within the book world, then make sure to at the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge this Friday (11/8). Join WNBA-LA board members and author Janna King for cocktails, conversation, and networking.
Janna King, author, screenwriter, playwright and director, is a LA local and is ready to meet and greet fans and booklovers over a few drinks. Make sure to stop by for a not to be missed networking experience.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is only days away. Are you ready? Here are a few tips to help you prepare to write 50,000 words by the end of the month:
Write a synopsis. Take a few minutes to jot down the main points of your novel before NaNoWriMo kicks off. Not quite ready to flesh it out? That’s okay! Start by jotting down some plot or character details and maybe they will find their way into your writing.
Make a playlist. Seasoned NaNoWriMo winners suggest making an inspirational playlist that gets your writing juices flowing. Find those jams that make you feel great and get your playlist ready.
Create a writing space. Having a designated space to write can make it easier and more comfortable for daily writing. You don’t need a lot of space, just a cozy corner or a spot at the dining room table. Find a place where you can set up to get those daily words on paper.
Schedule time to write. One of the hardest parts of NaNoWriMo is finding time to write your daily word average. If you miss several days, it can feel intimidating to get back on track. Schedule time each day to sit down and write and stick to it. The words will add up before you know it!
Find your support network. Writing 50,000 words in a month takes time and dedication. Find a support network to keep you moving towards your goal. There are several options for creating a supportive writing community. NaNoWriMo offers weekly write-ins for regional groups all over the US. Another great option for WNBA-LA members is Incite to Write, a new facebook group to help keep you motivated and writing and take your writing all the way Not a member, don’t miss out on all the fun. Join Today!
If you are not yet familiar with the term “NaNoWriMo”, we’re going to change that! NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens once a year in November and is organized by a non-profit writing support group of the same name. The challenge is to get your creative writing juices flowing by getting in the habit of writing daily. By the end of November, the goal is to have written at least 50,000 words which equates to a novel.
During NaNoWriMo, the focus is not on the quality of the writing but getting the words on paper. So, don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed with editing and sentence structure in your writing, but instead write your story little by little each day of the month.
NaNoWriMo offers a supportive community and regional meetups called “write-ins” to help encourage participants along the way. Can’t make it to a local group or prefer online support? Don’t worry, WNBA-LA has got you covered. Join our WNBA-LA Member’s Only facebook group “WNBA-LA Incite to Write” for motivation, support and like-minded writers.
Also, learn more about the amazing support offered by the Women’s National Book Association-LA Chapter after NaNoWriMo to learn how to take your writing from rough draft to final product with the Incite to Write series kicking off in December.
Not a member of the WNBA-LA chapter? Join now and get ready for NaNoWriMo, because November is just around the corner!
WNBA-LA Blog Editor, Laurel Cole, had the chance to ask award-winning writer Lilliam Rivera a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:
Laurel Cole: “What attracted you to writing young adult novels?”
Lilliam Rivera:” I grew up reading Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton novels when I was young. Although I started my writing career as a journalist, it took me many years to get over this fear of writing fiction. After taking writing classes at UCLA I noticed how every story I wrote would feature a sixteen year old Latina. I love trying to capture that intense time, what I like to call the discovery of firsts— first kiss, first revolutionary act, first major disappointment! It’s so ripe for fiction.”
LC: “What type of writer are you? (Outliner, panster, do you know the ending when you start, etc?)”
LR: “I usually try to write a one-page synopsis to the novel I am hoping to write before I start. I may not look atthe synopsis again after I do it but I definitely need to know how the story ends before I begin.”
LC: “Where is your favorite place to write?”
LR: “My favorite place to write would be my home office but since I don’t actually have a home office whereI’m writing at that given time is my favorite place. I try not to put too much emphasis on where because I just want to be able to write wherever and whenever.”
LC: “What is a challenge that you encountered when emerging as an author?
LR: “The challenge I found is my own self doubt, the belief that my story wasn’t valuable enough to be published. I had to really own up to loving my first novel and being fearless in saying that. With my second novel, I don’t have that. Although there is always self doubt creeping in, I just try to work around it.”
LC: “Do you have any advice to share with aspiring authors?”
LR: “My advice is to dedicate every day towards your art. This doesn’t mean writing so many words per day but just really focusing on your writing project even if it’s for one hour so you can reach THE END. You want to finish your project!”
LC: “Anything else you would like to share with your readers?”
LR: “As much as I love writing my novels I love meeting people. Writing can be such a solitary act and stepping out and talking to other people who love literature as much as I do is a real treat.”
Have more questions for Lilliam? Be sure to join us at the Global Voices: Hispanic Heritage event at Creating Conversations in Redondo Beach on October 19th where Lilliam will be joined by fellow authors Mireya Vela and Jennifer Torres. Best part? It’s free!
October is Latino Heritage Month, and WNBA-LA will be celebrating by hosting Global Voices: Hispanic Heritage on 10/16 (2pm at Creating Conversations). Join us to hear more from these amazing authors.
Mireya Vela, a Mexican-American writer, storyteller, and artist who lives in LA. Her work focuses on the needs, issues and inequalities faced by immigrant Mexican families.
Also joining, will be children’s author, Jennifer Torres. Ms. Torres writes colorful children’s books that celebrate culture and tradition. She currently lives in California with her husband and 2 daughters.
Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams (March 2019) and The Education of Margot Sanchez (February 2018), available in bookstores everywhere. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Elle, Tin House, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles