NaNoWriMo Locker Room Chat: Day 15 with Zoe Ocelot

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NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-SquareUse it In Our Art: A Pep Talk for Midway

It’s Midway Day. Half of November is gone, half lies ahead. What do you say? Write on, or write it off?

Maybe we should quit while we’re ahead? Be practical? Because in Week 2 all our car’s trouble lights came on at once, our kids came down with a severe health thing, and a previously-unmet skeleton danced rattlingly out of the family closet to leer into our nightmares, so our sleep is less, and the demands on us are more, than ever before. Yep, that was Week 2.

Now we face the onslaught of Week 3 with urgent matters needing our attention. How important is NaNoWriMo, anyhow? If we’re really going to write a novel, we can do that in December. Now is simply not a good time.

Good. So we’re going to write off NaNo. What a relief! Step away from that keyboard. Fix the car, heal the kids, put the skeleton to rest, and clear out time in our schedule to write, after November is over.  December 1st, when all is calm and all is bright, take a deep breath, open a fresh document, touch fingertips to keyboard and we know what will happen, right?


New trouble lights will flash to life on our car’s dash, our kids will be sick all over, and we’ll find out about that other time way back in the family closet.  That’s life. Life is going to happen every time we try to write, anyhow, so we might as well write on, right now. All those imperiled people and impossible situations from life? They are material for the characters and scenes in our novels. We’ll use it in our art.

Write on, my friends, right on into the finish.

Zoe Ocelot



Virtual Writers offers a veritable calendar of delights that includes word wars, write-ins and inspirational workshops from successful authors. Be sure to join our Second Life® group Milk Wood Wrimos for event reminders and follow us on Twitter for daily tips – you’ll find lots of great links under the hashtag #virtualwrimos.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our sim in Second Life® then make some time this November. You’ll find an incredibly diverse and active community of writers and the level of support is second to none.


Monday – Sunday (throughout November): 8-9am Pacific Time/11am-12 noon Eastern Time/4-5pm GMT – NaNoWriMo Write-In with Zoetrope Ocelot

Saturday (throughout November): 1-2pm Pacific Time/4-5pm Eastern Time/9-10pm GMT – NaNoWriMo Write-in with Harriet Gausman

Sunday (throughout November): 1-2pm Pacific Time/4-5pm Eastern Time/9-10pm GMT – NaNoWriMo Write-in with Harriet Gausman

Writers’ Dash & 500 Word Snatch

We also have a twice-daily Writers’ Dash running every Monday-Friday at 6am & 6pm (Pacific Time) with Doyle Slen, and a 500 Word Snatch with Lizzie Gudkov on Monday-Friday at 2am and Saturday at 12 noon (Pacific Time). These are often used by Wrimos to work on their novels.



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