It is no secret to regular visitors of my website that taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was both one of the hardest and best things I have ever done. (You can read more about that incredible journey, including excerpts from my novel, here and here).
Part of what made it possible was regular social media contact with other writers who had also been mad enough to try and write 50,000 words in 30 days. As the month progressed I realised I wasn’t alone going through periods of joy and doubt as our chosen projects threw up surprises and barriers along the way. The key to that discovery was my decision to connect with fellow Wrimos on social media. Whether it was a Twitter guided writing sprint or simply sharing experiences in the Facebook group – these strangers kept me going.
When I decided to write a story about the importance of writing groups for the literary magazine Writer’s Edit (for the full article click here), I decided to speak with one of the people responsible for bringing NaNoWriMo participants together in my region. His name is Nick Hudson and in this interview he explains just how important these connections have been for him as well. Enjoy! Continue reading