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17 days ago
Houston We Have Internet!

I’ll be online on ChatNaNo today after all. Drop in any time!

18 days ago
Internet Outage In Great Falls

Hey gang. It looks like Spectrum is having another outage among Great Falls customers, so tomorrow’s virtual write-in may be a no-go. I’ll keep you posted and if you are not a Spectrum customer (lucky you) please feel free to hop on ChatNaNo and go wild. Hopefully we’re technologically together by Tuesday!

19 days ago
Welcome to NaNo 2018! I hope you’re already diving deep into your projects, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

1. Our first write-in is tonight at City Brew in Great Falls. I’ll be there from 5-8, with my nerdy, sticker-covered laptop. I will also be online on ChatNaNo (see below)

2. Virtual write-ins. This year we will be hosting virtual write-ins to let our socially anxious or physically distant writers participate in our events. Tuesdays are virtual-only write-ins, the other will be both. We will be using ChatNaNo and there are signup instructions in the regional forum.

3. Prizes. We’ve offered word war prizes for a couple of years, but I’m upping the ante a little this year. In addition to the pens and post it notes for word wars, I have four journals to award to the writer who adds the most words per week to their project. I’ll make a forum post about this challenge tonight, so stay tuned.

4. Lastly, as a disclaimer: anyone in our region is eligible to win prizes. I will mail them to you if need be. (Disclaimer to the disclaimer: I will be ineligible for prizes because I’m doing the awarding, but I love a good competition. Outwrite me.)

As always, thanks for your time,


(Also, please forgive any typos, I sent this from my phone.)
12 months ago
Hello Montana WriMos!

It's coming down to the final days of this crazy month and if there was ever a time to unveil your writing superpowers, now would be it. Are you planning on powering through to 50,000 (no matter how far behind you might be)? Come suffer in sleepless caffeination with me. Are you just not going to make it across the finish line this year? Not a problem. Good work getting anything down on paper this year. That is, after all, what separates writers from everyone else.

There are stories that only we can tell, and every November I hope that one person in our region has found theirs. No matter what book you're writing, the odds are good that it's not finished at 50,000 words. If you need to let that idea rest for a while, do that. But don't forget about it. Even if it just becomes a good memory, or a series of lessons on the craft of writing. Your NaNo novel is important. It may not be the Next Great American Novel. But it can be the first step on a long and joyous literary journey.

I hope you've had fun, everyone.

See you on the other side of 50,000! (can I count words from these messages in my monthly word count? no? ok.)

--Mary, in Great Falls
about 1 year ago
Hello WriMos!

As I'm sure you've already noticed, today is Double Up Donation Day! NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization, which means they rely on donations from writers like us to keep coming back year after year to support our crazy writing journey. If you able to spare a few dollars, today is as good a day as any to click that donate button and help NaNo keep delivering the wonderful content we love them for.

Already given? Give a halo to a writing buddy!

And if you're like me and off to a slow start this year, celebrate your own double up day and double your word count.

However you decide to celebrate this first Saturday of NaNoWriMo, I hope your finding your stride and falling in love with your story.

Happy Writing!

--ML Mary
about 1 year ago
November is here! How did that happen so fast? Who's ready to rock this month?

I hope you're all having a great first day of NaNoWriMo 2017, that the words are flowing and our creative geniuses have moved in for the month.

I just wanted to throw out a quick reminder that we'll be having a kick-off party in Great Falls tonight. Well, Black Eagle, but you know. We'll be up at the Pit Stop in their meeting room, from 5-9. Come write with us if you can! Helena wrimos (and anyone in between), we know it's not feasible for you to drive to join us, but we're cheering you on from the far side of the canyon. (And, hey, if you do decide to drive 90 miles in this lovely weather...yeah, maybe not. Stay warm and write all the words, Helena!)

Good luck this month, wrimos. May the words come fast and furious!

<3 Rae
about 1 year ago
Ahoy Great Falls and Helena wrimos! The time is almost here again...30 days, 50,000 words, too much caffeine. Who is ready for NaNoWriMo2017?

As we get closer to the big day, there's a couple things to take care of now. When you get a chance, head on over and introduce yourself in the forums. We want to meet you and hear about your book! Any good tips for prepping this month to make next month more sane? Feel free to share!

The past two years, we've had three MLs in our region. This year, we only have two, and we both live in Great Falls. We don't want our lovely Helena wrimos to be left out, though, so we are looking for some minions in Helena! Your job would be to 1) plan write-ins, 2) tell us about them so we can add them to the regional calendar and help you spread the word, and 3) go forth and have a blast! It's really not a hard job. We just need someone to make sure the Helena wrimos are being loved. Write-ins are an absolute blast, and we know it's not feasible for you Helena writers to make the ones we schedule in Great Falls. If you're interested, there is a thread in our regional forum you can reply to.

Okay. That's all for now. Good luck with Plotober, all you plotters out there, and have fun with the last few weeks of free time, dear pantsers. November 1st will be here before you know it!

<3 Rae

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Meet your MLs

ThreeBlackRoses 14000
  • Joined November 1, 2009
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Great Falls, Montana
RachelBateman 20567
  • Joined October 7, 2011
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Great Falls, Montana

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NaNoWriMo Write-ins and information for Great Falls and Helena, Montana
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