You’ve decided to participate in Nano. Great! What’s the first step, you ask? Sign up online here. No, really, I’ll wait. Now that you’ve done that, I’m sure you’re asking why. Because the people who signed up on the website will be a big part of your cheering section. Once, or twice a week, a different published author will post a pep talk, all of which are stored in the archive: Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, Diana Gabaldon, James Patterson, and Maggie Steifvater, to name just a few. If you have friends who are also participating in Nano, you can Friend them on the webpage, and cheer them on, challenge them to writing sprints (set a time to write and see who writes the most during the time allotted). The local group also hosts Write-Ins during NaNo (and throughout the year), and are very welcoming. And, if you are so inclined they have t-shirts, postcards, coffee mugs, and other assorted items to show the world that you write.