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So, how is it going, NaNo writers?
Are you up to date with your wordcount? Or are you way ahead? Or are you - like me - way behind?

Today I decided to finally sit down and force myself to write, write, write. And despite the wordcount not rising like I had hoped it would, I'm getting a very very interesting plot twist...

So NaNo writers, what did your story do to surprise you?

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What kind of start have you made? What was the difference between day one and day two of nano? How will you use the extra hour, if daylight savings ends for you tonight?
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Due to unforeseeable RL issues, [personal profile] ladyseishou will not be posting the monthly NaNoWriMo countdown this November.

The community will remain open to member posting so it is the moderator's hope that all Nano Writers will feel free to share news of their progress, ask questions, provide advice and help to fellow members and in general, play nice.

For more structured support, Nano Writers might check out the Dreamwidth mirror for the LiveJournal NaNoWriMo community here.

Good luck to all the Nano Writers participating this November! You can do it! I’ll be cheering you all on! So get ready… set… and write!write!write!


Let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes
you to some remarkable and unexpected places.


— Neil Gaiman
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What are your best techniques for getting to the win? (Conversely, if you are yet to be a winner, what have you identified as things to avoid so you can win next time?)

Something that worked for me the one time I won, was actually a bit of advice from Sue Grafton, author of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries: write a little bit around your writing, some before you start and after you finish each session. I usually only wrote a couple of sentences; Ms. Grafton usually writes three or four times in this parallel journal what ends up in the book. In any case, the idea is that you (a) check in with yourself and your emotional state, (b) remind yourself of what you are going to write [when writing before] and what you will need to write next [at the end of a writing session], and (c) get distracting thoughts out of your head, blocking the writing, and on to paper, where you can leave them until the writing session is done.

(I suspect it also has some of the benefits of free-writing, where it just gets you into the physicality of writing, whether that's by pen, keyboard, dictation, or whatever you're doing, and, also, it means you're not confronted with a scary blank page while trying to tell a story.)

What do you do to get you through?

Hello?

Oct. 26th, 2013 01:01 am
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Anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Camp Nano

Jul. 9th, 2013 08:15 pm
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Is anyone here participating in Camp Nano this year?
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May 1 - afterword

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From the end spring new beginnings.

— Pliny the Elder


Another Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end, Nano Writer. Now begins the bus ride home and we can talk about our plans for our next writing project whether it’s coming back next July, plotting for November’s challenge or even moving on to other creative projects that have been kept on a back burner while we banged out a fantastic first draft or polished an older manuscript, crafting a more beautiful jewel of a story.

And whether you crossed the finish line this time Nano Writer or not, you should be proud of all that you did get done, five hundred words or a hundred thousand, because each word, each sentence, each chapter and scene makes you a better writer! And that’s something wonderful and creative and good!

So let’s hear how things went for you this month: lessons learned, samples of shiny sentences or laugh-out-loud typos - whatever you would like to share before the bus takes us home and we step out to embrace our families and friends who have waited for our return from this grand adventure.

Because it’s time to say goodbye. And until next time, keep writing!
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Day 30 - hours remaining

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Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop.


— Lewis Carroll


It’s time to call it, Nano Writers. At midnight, Camp NaNoWriMo puts the last of the camp fires out and packs things away until July.

If you’re close to the end, Get It Done! If you’re done but haven’t validated your word count, Do It Now!

If you’ve finished and have your shiny new winner badge, break out the chocolate and marshmallows, grab a couple of graham crackers and enjoy the sweet taste of a job well done and challenge well met. You Did Good!

Drop in tomorrow and tell us how you did, what went right and what could have been better… until then Keep Writing!
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining

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While many things are too strange to be believed,
nothing is too strange to have happened.


— Thomas Hardy


This is it Camper Writers! It’s our last weekend and we only have three days and change left to wrap up our April projects! If you’re behind with your word count, it’s time now to dig deep, put the peddle to the metal and bring that story home. Lacking inspiration? Just add the improbable and mix it up! Sure it might be combustible but this time it’s okay to play with the fires of creativity and see what your imagination can bring to the party.

And NOW is the time to bring it! So challenge a friend to a little competitive word war or sign on for a 100-word (or a thousand-word) sprint. You CAN do it!

Nearly done? Well go ahead and cross that finish line, Nano Writer! Validation is live and waiting for you!

One last thing… Back Up Your Work! No matter if it’s a handful of words or 100K, take the time to copy your story to a flash drive, an e-mail account or the clouds. Better safe than sorry!

The Finish Line awaits! Keep writing!
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Day 20 - 10 days remaining

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It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.

— Gerald Brenan


It’s the third of our four weekends, Nano Writers! How is everyone’s project coming along? Hopefully everyone is doing well or will be able to catch up over the weekend. Remember too to take the time to Back Up Your Work! Keep writing!
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Day 13 - 17 days remaining

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To be a writer means to see the unusual in the commonplace,
innovation in the routine, hidden beauty in ordinary things.


— Fred White


It’s the weekend, Nano Writer! Time to get some writing done! We should almost be halfway to the finish line by Monday, so it’s a good time to catch up if you’re behind or write ahead and bank those words for busy/crazy/impossible days when writing is just not possible.

Today is also NNWM First Annual Spring Writing Marathon! More details can be found here.

A reminder too to Back Up Your Work! It’s a good thing! And as always: keep writing!
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Day 6 - 24 days remaining

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Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself.
Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in.


— Louise Brown


It’s the first weekend of the month, Campers! How is everyone doing? We should be a fifth of our way into our Camp NNWM challenges or about 20 percent of your word count!

Today would also be a good day to BACK UP YOUR WORK - if you haven’t already done it! Be safe! Swim with a partner and back up your novel, script, short stories, rewrite, fan fic…
And as always… keep writing!
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Day 1 - 29 days remaining

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The scariest moment is always just before you start.
― Stephen King


Welcome to all Nano Writers taking part in the April version of Camp NaNoWriMo! It should be an exciting month. So many new changes and things to try! What are you waiting for! Dive right in and see where the currents take you!
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Greetings and Felicitations Nano Writers!

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Just a quick note to make sure that everyone knows about the changes the OLL (Office of Letters and Light) have enacted over the last several months:

  1. Due to low participation numbers, Script Frenzy is no more. Instead, movie/TV/stage scripts and manuscripts have been added as a genre choice for Camp NaNoWriMo.


  2. Camp NaNoWriMo is now scheduled to take place during the months of April and July this year (2013) featuring “flexible word count goals.”


  3. So in case you missed it: Camp NaNoWriMo - the April version - is starting up in 11 days! Cabins are in the process of being assigned now… so if you do plan to sign up, be sure to fill out your cabin request form.


As April will be a very busy month for me, I’ll probably only post a weekly countdown reminder for our Nano Writer Campers. As always, the forum will be open for member posting (until November 1). So let us know how your writing projects are coming along: NNWM novel rewrites, your plans for Camp NNWM or your preparations for NNWM 2013!

Questions? Comments? Keep writing Nano Writers!
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11 months until NaNoWriMo 2013


Don’t cry because it’s over,
smile because it happened.


— Dr. Seuss


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Another NaNoWriMo challenge has come to an end. And whether you crossed the 50k finish line, Nano Writer or if you found yourself mired in Real Life stuff and had to set your story aside for another day...

For now..

Take a bow! Throw your hat in air! Sound the trumpets! For today and hopefully for many days and years to come, know at least this much, that you are a writer - a story teller - and share the same history and lineage as Homer and Dickens or J. K. Rowling and E. L. James.

Yes - you! You did it! Celebrate! You did good! Celebrate your accomplishment - whether it is 50,000 words or more, maybe many more. Or less, maybe a lot less. It doesn't matter because you did it - you are a writer, the one and only creator of a brand new story! Celebrate!

And then catch up on your sleep! Welcome your family and friends back into your life! Catch up on all those things that had to be put aside to make this marvelous thing happen.

And sometime later, take a peak at what you've done - it will be a lot better than you think, I promise you - print it out, read it and then let loose your inner editor, and go at it! But until then...

As always... Write, Nano Writer, write!
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Day 30 - Hours remaining


A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is
not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are,
after all, no more than mere spectators of life.


— Ryūnosuke Akutagawa


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This is it Nano Writers - the last day! The word count is 50,000 and if you've written at least 1,677 words for the last thirty days, you'll soon see your NNWM word banner turn a lovely shade of "winner" purple.

So two things to do before the clock strikes midnight for your time zone -

Validate! your word count so to be officially recognized for your wonderfully amazing accomplishment... 50,000 words (or more) of a brand new novel!

Back It Up! - one last time this month so your story will be waiting for you when it's time to put on your editor's hat to transform your first draft from the pure creative muck it is now to a shining, beautiful novel that patiently awaits your loving attention.

But that's for later! Today, validate your word count and don't forget to Back It Up!

Questions? Comments? You can do it, Nano Writer so... Write!Write!Write!
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Day 29 - 1 day remaining


It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they
don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.


— Sinclair Lewis


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Today's word count is 48,343 and you know the drill. Write, Nano Writer! Write!
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Day 28 - 2 days remaining


This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard
and you put one word after another until its done.
It's that easy, and that hard.


― Neil Gaiman


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Today's word count is 46,676! Two days, Nano Writers! Two days! Are you looking at a less than stellar word count and wondering how you'll get it done?

This is how... sit down in front of your keyboard and write. Shut off your e-mail/internet/twittery face thing, turn up your favorite music (or in the case of roommates/parents/irate neighbors put on a pair of headphones/ear buds first) and start writing. One word, two words and so on until it's done.

You. Can. Do. It. So get it done and finish that story!

Questions? Comments? Go on, get out of here and Write! Nano Writer! Write!
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining


We have to continually be jumping off cliffs
and developing our wings on the way down.


― Kurt Vonnegut


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Today's word count is 45,009! Have you lost your way, Nano Writer? Not sure how your story ends? Thinking about throwing in the towel?

DON'T GIVE UP!

You've come so far and to quit now would be a very sad ending indeed. If you're feeling stuck and have nothing left to lose, go for it and jump!

Of course, not literally, but perhaps now might be a good time to go a little creative and invite a few ninja or pirates or aliens/robots/dinosaurs/singing spittoons to the party and see how a new challenge/perspective shakes things up and inspires one last push to the finish line! Take chances! Mash genres! Make something new! HAVE FUN!

Because now's the time to do it! Questions? Comments? Fly, Nano Writer, fly!
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Day 26 - 4 days remaining


He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick


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The word count today is 43,342! Some time ago, you started down a road Nano Writer, just you and your protagonist and maybe an assorted cast of friends, allies, a mentor or wise woman and perhaps a shady guy you were never quite sure about...

Your protagonist had a goal, a mission, a desire and standing in his/her way was an antagonist with the same (or better) desire to keep your hero from that goal or desire. Over the last three weeks or so, battles were won and lost, lessons learned and perhaps love was found (or lost). Now it's time to start thinking about the road home.

Of course, a lot can happen in four days... and maybe your road still has one or two more twisty turns in store for your weary characters. But keep in mind all journeys come to an end and ours is just around the corner.

Questions? Comments? Travel tips? It's all good - so keep writing!

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