I went to my very first NaNoWriMo Write-in last night. I’ve done NaNoWriMo for years, but have never been to a Write-in. To be honest, Write-ins are pretty far out of my comfort zone. I mean, for an introverted writer to commit to putting on pants, leaving the house, and meeting people she has never met before is kind of a feat. But I did it. Here are 5 things I learned:
1. Writers are nerdy. Awesome, but very, very nerdy. I mean, I knew I was nerdy, but I didn’t really know it was an across-the-board thing.
2. Writers love candy. My theory is that the reason NaNoWriMo is in November is because there is a surplus of leftover Halloween candy to be gotten rid of.
3. Putting the phrase, “The penis mightier,” in your novel will probably make you giggle, and if you do it at a Write-in, people will notice that you are giggling. And if people notice that you are giggling, you will have to tell them why. This involves saying the word “penis” to a group of many people you don’t know. Be warned.
4. Iced mochas look like a refreshing an innocuous treat, but in reality are Satan’s nectar and are full of copious amounts of caffeine and sugar, both of which will make you twitchy for about half an hour, and then comatose for the rest of the evening.
5. Standing up and asking a room full of people how to spell “orifice” is less entertaining than it sounds, sadly.