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Welcome, Wrimos!

Red Room (www.redroom.com) and NaNoWriMo were founded based on the same principles: Stop procrastinating and start writing!

NaNoWriMo Winner BadgeCongratulations to everyone who won NaNoWriMo, and to everyone who participated. It was an exciting journey throughout the month for many of the members of our community, and no matter how many words you wrote, you should be very proud of yourself for taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge.

If you haven't already, we invite you to join our community. Red Room is the online home of many of the world's greatest writers, including Khaled Hosseini, Dr. Maya Angelou, Salman Rushdie, Amy Tan, Candace Bushnell, Tobias Wolff, Alice Hoffman, and James Patterson.

Red Room provides authors and members with free, easy-to-use, elegant online homes. It's a place for the literary community to promote their work, express themselves, and connect with their favorite authors.

Thousands of writers on redroom.com are waiting to hear your story and help you along the way until next November.

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WHO WON RED ROOM'S CONTEST?

Red Room was proud to cosponsor this year's NaNoWriMo, and we decided to add an extra incentive to Red Roomers to finish their drafts. Red Room's National Novel Writing Month Contest involved blogging about the experience, finishing and submitting a draft according to NaNoWriMo's rules, and then being drawn at random to win a three-hour manuscript review and a one-hour coaching session with Red Room Founder and CEO Ivory Madison. The prize is "priceless" because Ivory no longer does book coaching. When she did, she would've charged at least $2,000 for this service. Now she only does coaching for good causes.

Mary MenachoWe are proud to congratulate Mary Menacho of San Jose, California, who was chosen at random from the hundreds of Red Room members and authors who won NaNoWriMo. Here's what she says about writing: "Writing is, for me, an act of hope. The sounds of vowels around the grit of consonants delights my ear and entices word play. Words are nets, small nets to hold imagination."

It will be great to see how Mary parlays the completion of her draft with Ivory's coaching into taking her writing to the next stage, and we wish her the best! For everyone else, we wish you the best of luck with the next stage of your own novel.

BLOGS ABOUT NANOWRIMO

Please check out the many blog entries posted to Red Room about 2008's NaNoWriMo, and look for Red Room to continue supporting writers next November and throughout the year! (If you'd like to blog about your own experience as a Wrimo, we'd love to hear about your experiences.)

NaNoWriMo 2008, Ficlets On Its Way Out!
"60,000 words later, and 30 days passed, the whirl-wind that is NaNoWriMo is finished. My story went through so many different unplanned twists & permutations, that I hardly remember...

NaNo News for Ruth
"My father passed away on November 3rd. I was able to start writing again this past weekend, since my wireless was down for five days. I am at 20,000 words and hope to finish by next weekend. ..."

Write you way to weight loss
"It wasn’t that writing made me eat healthier, or even eat less. I usually write with a cup of coffee laced with half and half by my side. Then I’ll add cookies and toast and apple slices so it’s almost like an assembly line of eating. The food just keeps on coming..."

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THE RED ROOM PHILOSOPHY

Taking a writing class … is not writing.

Therapy … is not writing.

Attending interesting lectures about writing … is not writing.

Reading books about writing or anything else … is not writing.

Completing writing "exercises" … is not writing.

Attending a peer critique writing group … is not writing.

Feeling guilty all week for not writing … is not writing.

Participating in NaNoWriMo … is you actually writing.

Save the seminar on publishing for after you have a finished, polished manuscript. Save the group therapy for another night of the week. Recognize that you are doing these other activities instead of completing a manuscript. If you want to leave a legacy of more than just having attended classes or reading the New York Review of Books with keen interest, you need to participate in NaNoWriMo.

If you truly do not feel ready to write what you want to write without more research and personal growth … you’re mistaken. The majority of the most brilliant writers in history had absolutely no training, useful industry information, or self-awareness. Stop talking and start writing.That's why Red Room loves NaNoWriMo!