Writing a “First Life” Novel in Second Life

by Joan Kremer on November 23, 2010 · 0 comments

in Benefits of SL,Places for writers

It’s the virtual writing world squared: the mostly virtual National Novel Writing Month extravaganza, physician
coupled with the totally virtual Second Life NaNoWriMo writers!

As NaNoWriMo winds down, clinic
hundreds of thousands of words have risen counters at the NaNoWriMo website and at writers’ gatherings throughout SL (including the Milk Wood Gypsy Camp for writers, shown in the photo below).


I’m one of the slackers, unfortunately.  I’m not going to get even halfway to the 50,000 words written in November that entitles you to claim yourself a “winner” of the NaNoWriMo sprint. But that doesn’t matter, because I’ve been too busy this month sending agents queries, partials, and even a full manuscript of the novel I gave birth to in the 2008 NaNoWriMo.

Still, I’ve joined in several times on the NaNo “write-ins” at the lovely Milk Wood writing community in Second Life, and have spent time at my own writing area at Story Mountain Center for Writers, my home place in SL.  And even though I’ve written very few words of my next novel, I’ve loved the writers’ energy I tap into whenever I do go “inworld” to write.

As I’ve said before, Second Life offers a great NaNo writing community, spread over several locations where writers hang out.  Some of the highlights of this year’s NaNo month in SL:

  • At least six Second Life groups have formed for the sole purpose of writers supporting each other during “WriMo.”
  • The fabulous Kghia Gherardi has hosted write-ins every Monday night at Bookstacks Pub.
  • Harriet Gausman’s Milk Wood writing center has had nearly daily events at their “Gypsy Camp”:  write-ins, “word wars,” and writing dashes to spur writers on to that 50K-word mark.
  • The Written Word group in SL has had at least weekly activities at their “camp” (see photo below) at the London School of Journalism Woodlands to bring writers together for “the quietest event on SL, apart from meditation,” as the group’s leader Jilly Kidd put it.

Just about every writers’ community, center, cafe, and pub in SL offers space to WriMos to come and write.


If you haven’t started on those 50,000 words, it’s probably too late to try to get there before midnight December 1, but it’s not too late to log in and get the experience of a virtual write-in. And the best part is that the writers and supporting organizations go full-force all year round!

Are you NaNo-ing this year?  How are you doing and where do you get your best support and motivation? In Second Life?  On the NaNo website?  Another virtual world?  Or the so-called “real world”?  Post a comment and share!

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