Another welcome letter to the 2012 members to Write On.
Dear new Write On! Member,
Greetings and best wishes on a grand and glorious 2012 thus far. Hopefully your laptop and median nerve have recovered sufficiently after an insane NaNoWriMo season. Chances are your Christmas and New Years went along nicely and now you face a brand new year with a brand new lease on life.
So what next? What is the point of all this? You were chosen to join us for a reason. Back in 2010 (in a land far away) Jennifer and I decided we want to create an exclusive group to meet, talk, write, and critique. That group evolved into the social wonder that you are now participating in.
In many ways NaNo is like summer camp- an intense short period of time where you spend a lot of time with a group of people then give air kisses and promise to write by the end of the month. Granted that means you become Facebook friends and make occasion status comments or “like”s on new pictures, but it is easy to slip back into real life and forget everything we shared. Write On allows us to continue those friendships and strengthen them so that the following NaNo is even more epic.
To be honest, writing is just what brought us together. We still attempt to write but the main reason that we stay together is because despite our differences, we love this group. We bonded over NaNo and were so excited for 2011 NaNo so we could bring more people into the fold. I remember our November meeting and how thrilled I was to mention a few of your names to Jen and the crew so they could keep an eye out for you in the forums and chat room as well as write ins. It’s exciting to meet people you click with and then know there is a way to keep in touch.
Now we are in 2012 and each of us have our own goals for the year. As a part of One Word 365 which Andrew Ronzino introduced me to, I decided to use “more” as my word for the year. In general I want to learn, grow, and experience more in this year and to make more time for others. I also want to write more, read more, and spend more time with friends and family. Last year I failed royally at the challenges we created each month. This year I endeavor to do better. Last year I made some efforts to spend more time with fellow Wrimos outside of Write On but this year I shall do so even more. This year has potential to be the best year ever if I just spend more energy and effort on things that I love and people I care about.
So you may wonder how this involves you? Well be prepared, folks. Get ready to drink the Kool aid and dive in head first. We’re a good group of people who relish the accountability this group creates. What we need from you is openness. Willingness. Participation. Creativity. We need you to open yourself up to this shenanigan and make the choice to join in with everything you can muster.
Thank you for accepting our invitation and for being discreet. While there were others we considered inviting, in the end we wanted a well rounded group from different areas that we knew would mesh well with our founding members and give us a stronger team this year. Our actual evil plan is to make 2012 NaNoWriMo the best ever- more write ins, more craft days, more inside jokes, and more success.
I’m excited at all this year holds for us, and cannot wait to spend more time with everyone!