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Day 21 - 10 days remaining

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Write your story as it needs to be written.
Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can.
I'm not sure that there are any other rules.
Not ones that matter.


- Neil Gaiman


The word count for today is 33,870, Nano Writer. I shall get out of your hair and let you get back to it. Writing, right?

Questions or comments? Top game scores? Word count shout outs? It's all good - keep writing!
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Day 20 - 11 days remaining

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Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing.
It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting.
As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.


- Rhys Alexander


It's the start of the weekend, Nano Writers - one of two before August draws to a close. So take good advantage of the time, if you're able, and write, Nano Writer, write!

The word count today is 32,258 and if you find you're a little short, try out today's advice! Go back over today's work and add a little detail to your writing. Instead of a car, have your MC drive off in a 1995 Buick LeSabre that needs a brake job and a new right front tire. Or instead of high heel shoes, how about a pair of black lace and patent leather Jimmy Choos, broken heel optional.

Questions? Colorful comments? Shopping tips? It's all good Nano Writer so keep writing!
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Day 19 - 12 days remaining

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When in doubt, blow something up.

- 
J. Michael Straczynski


Today's word count is another milestone: 30,645! For Nano Writers on a 10K rewards system, time to break out the next treat to celebrate 30,000 words. For me I decided on both a chocolate truffle and a new little charm for my notebook ;-)

And for those days when even the promise of a treat does nothing to encourage the muse, go ahead and blow something up! Anything and everything, from a tire to an entire town, shake things up in a radical, comes-out-of-nowhere, totally random way. Write about how your characters handle the situation and infuse new excitement into your story!

Questions? Comments? Invasion of ninja armies? It's all good! Keep writing, Nano Writer!
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Day 18 - 13 days remaining

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The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict.

- James Frey


Today's word count is 29,032! If your story seems to be coming up short Nano Writers, one of the easiest things to do to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your plot is to add in more trouble for your protagonist. Think of conflict as the petrol that makes your story go-go-go and fill it up! And it doesn't have to be all save-the-world stuff - it could be as simple a thing as your MC can't find his keys one morning to start up the old dirigible. Not only does a simple scene like this pump up your word count but it also makes a steam punk type protagonist seem a little more down-to-earth.

Questions, Nano Writer? Shout outs? Writer fuel recommendations? Me, I've been doing matcha shots (powdered green tea - very thick and very green). It's all good! Keep writing!
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Day 17 - 14 days remaining

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Moving around is good for creativity: the next line of dialogue
that you desperately need may well be waiting in the back of the
refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk.


- Will Shetterly


Today's word count is 27,419 Nano Writer! And we may have passed the halfway mark yesterday but now is not the time to slow down! Rather we should charge forward as tensions between our characters begin to take their toll, plans made and thwarted, alliances formed and abandoned...

And suddenly you don't know what your protagonist should do next...

Take a walk. Or a shower. Talk about it with a friend. Often the change in perspective will be all you need to see the way out of your character's predicament. For me, my squeaky treadmill is my best novel-writing tool after my laptop ;-)

Questions? Shout outs? Exercise tips? It's all good! Keep it moving, Nano Writer!
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Day 16 - 15 days remaining

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Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you
put in the right details. Details make stories human,
and the more human a story can be, the better.


- V. S. Pritchett


Congratulations, Nano Writer! Today's word count is 25,806... if you've been keeping up with the daily word count, you are officially halfway to the finish line!

And if you're a little short today, you might consider the wisdom of today's quote: add a little detail to your writing. We're not necessarily talking about full on purple flavored prose here but a little detail not only enlivens your writing, it adds on words to your count and gets you a little closer to that big five-oh bulls eye!

Questions... Comments... Favorite adjective? It's all congenially welcomed! Keep writing, Nano Writer!
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Day 15 - 16 days remaining

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Everything that doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.
And later on you can use it in some story.


- 
Tapani Bagge


It's the beginning of Week 3, Nano Writers! Things should continue to become darker, additionally complicated, and more difficult. And the same could be said for your protagonist too ;-)

The word count today is 24,193! Questions? Answers? Flaming marshmallow stories? It's all good. We're closing in on the half-way mark, so keep writing!
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Day 14 - 17 days remaining

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Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.
But not necessarily in that order.


- 
Robert Silverberg


The word count today Nano Writers is 22,580. How is everyone coming along?

If you have stalled out and you feel uninspired or unsure about where your main character is headed next, skip a scene or two or even jump ahead to your climatic scene or final scene. There's no rule that you must write your story in sequential order. Shake things up a bit. The change may jump start your enthusiasm and creativity... how does your MC end up on hanging from one of the girders of the Eiffel Tower?

Questions? Shout outs? Last word written today? Mine was rather plain: "see." But it's all good Nano Writers - keep writing!
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Day 13 - 18 days remaining

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Don't explain why it works;
explain how you use it.


- Steven Brust


The weekend has arrived Nano Writers! Time to catch up or pull ahead! The word count to beat today is 20,967... we're closing in on the halfway mark and for those Nano Writers that are using a 10K reward system, break out those treats and prizes - you deserve them!

Questions? Shout outs? S'more recipes - ever try making them with peanut butter? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 12 - 19 days remaining

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First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.

- Ray Bradbury


It's Friday, Nano Writer - the weekend is 'round the corner! The word count for today is 19,354. Enough said.

Questions/shout outs/excerpts? Keep writing, Nano Writers!
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Day 11 - 20 days remaining

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The two most engaging powers of an author are,
to make new things familiar, and familiar things new.


- Samuel Johnson


Discouraged? Thinking about giving up? Hang in there Nano Writer, the end of the Terrible Week Two can be seen on the horizon. Treat yourself gently and get out some of that enthusiasm you brought packed in your backpack to Camp on Day One. Ignore the whining of the mosquitoes of doubt and the temptations of procrastination. Sit down with your character and have a heart to heart talk about what's coming up next and then just write. Trust in your story and just write. Because next week, it will get better.

Today's word count is 17,741. Questions? Excerpts? Word count shout outs? You can do it Nano Writer! Just Keep Writing!
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Day 10 - 21 days remaining

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If you can tell stories, create characters,
devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion,
it doesn't matter a damn how you write.


- Somerset Maugham


Just for the day Nano Writer, forget about the word count (which I've hidden under a cut) and imagine that you're sitting with a good friend in a coffee shop/on a bus/at a camp fire, sharing a drink/a ride home/a marshmallow and you mention that you're writing a book. With polite interest, they ask you "about what?" (I did say that this was a good friend) and you talk a little about your characters, where they live and when they live and what your characters want so desperately that it makes your teeth hurt. So then your friend asks you those magic words every writer lives for: "what happens next?"

Tell them.

Write today whenever, wherever you can, as if you're telling your friend about the next part of your story, sincerely and passionately, without worries or doubts or second guessing.

Because at the end of the day, it's not the number of words you write that matters but the story you tell that really counts.

Questions, comments, today's_word_count? ) It's all good! Keep writing, Nano Writer!
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Day 9 - 22 days remaining

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You must learn to overcome your very natural
and appropriate revulsion for your own work.


- William Gibson


Ah - the inner editor, the in-house critic, the little troll that sits on one's shoulder and whispers words that feed our raging insecurities as writers: terrible, bad, stupid, boring... It's often hard to ignore but ignore it we must because the really important thing you are doing right now is writing out the rough version of your story which most assuredly includes all of the awkward and unpolished stuff that you'll rework and polish later, to make the story shine. But for now, send the troll out on a snipe hunt and write!write!write!

Today's word count is 14,516! Questions? Comments? Snipe sightings to pass along to our inner critics? It's all good! Keep writing!
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Day 8 - 23 days remaining

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For me, writing is exploration;
and most of the time,
I'm surprised where the journey takes me.


- 
Jack Dann


So begins a new week Nano Writers! And like all new things, it is full of promise and possibilities! Where will your story take you today?

The word count is 12,903 but for today ignore the numbers and just spend some time just writing. Write whenever you have some spare time. Write for as long as the moment takes you. Spend some time with your character and see where you go today.

Questions, Nano Writers? Comments? The important thing is to keep writing!
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Day 7 - 24 days remaining

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The story is not in the plot but in the telling.

- Ursula K. LeGuin


So the first week comes to a close today, Nano Writer and the word count is 11,290! If you've managed to keep up, it's time to celebrate writing the first 10K of your story!

If you are behind...

The weekend is a good opportunity to catch up and even perhaps to write ahead to help cover for those days that fall a little short.

And if your weekends are are busy as mine...

Remember: even five minutes is long enough to write a few sentences to help keep the pump primed so that your story won't run dry on you next week. Write a few intriguing words to remind you about what comes next (blood, baby, battledore). Or pose a question for your character to think about while you're away:

Where are you going?
Who are you going to meet there?
What are you planning to do?
When will things get better?
Why?

Questions, comments, more "B" words to suggest? It's all good so keep on writing!
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Day 6 - 25 days remaining

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The ideal view for daily writing, hour for hour, is the blank brick
wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do,
cloudless if possible.


- Edna Ferber


For me, I find that my writing flows best when listening to music. My favorite these days is something called movie trailer music (the score usually heard during previews for movies by artists such as E.S. Posthumus and Two Steps from Hell) and movie soundtracks (Lord of the Rings and Narnia) - so great for tuning out the everyday world and really getting into the world of my story.

Do you have a favorite place to be when writing or the perfect routine that helps you communicate with your muse?

The word count to beat today is 9,677, Nano Writers! Questions, comments, music recommendations? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 5 - 26 days remaining

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In nearly all good fiction, the basic - all but inescapable - plot form is this:
A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition,
perhaps including his own doubts, and so arrives at a win, lose, or draw.


- John Gardner


Five days in Nano Writers! Today's word count is 8,064! How is everyone doing? Often it's around this time that your story seems to lose its steam - you've introduced your main characters and their "normal" world. You've provided tantalizing glimpses of the thing, the Big Important Thing that your protagonist really, really wants (the girl, the boy, world peace, escape from the zombies) and whatever it is that nastily keeps your character from getting a hold of it (an incredibly handsome and/or beautiful rival, an international cabal of evil bad guys, more zombies).

You might have even gotten to the part where you're character needs to decide after all how much he really, really wants this thing: is it worth taking on all those bad guys, does he or she really want to risk taking on a whole world of pain/embarrassment/death to have his or her heart's desire? Well of course they do! But_do_you? )
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Day 4 - 27 days remaining

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There are many reasons why novelists write –
but they all have one thing in common:
a need to create an alternative world.


- 
John Fowles


Today's word count is 6,451 words - how's everyone doing? By now, the first part of your novel should be coming to life... your characters going about their everyday lives, little suspecting how everything is about to change...

Questions? Comments? Cabin gossip? It's all good! Nano Writers: keep writing!
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Day 3 - 28 days remaining

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Only those who risk going too far
can possibly find out how far
one can go.


- T. S. Eliot


Today's word count is 4,838. Can you do it, Nano Writer? Can you beat it? There's only one way to find out! Find a quiet spot, slip on your headphones (music optional), get out your notebook (electronic or otherwise) and write!

Questions? Comments? Word counts? It's all good! Early days, Nano Writers! Keep writing!
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Day 2 - 29 days remaining

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A word is a bud attempting to become a twig.
How can one not dream while writing?
It is the pen which dreams.
The blank page gives the right to dream.


- 
Gaston Bachelard


So the hard part is behind us, right? We've conquered the "blank page" and have forged bravely ahead, planting the seeds of our hero's story to see what blooms in the weeks ahead. And don't worry if you think that you're only going to get weeds. Even the dandelion has its uses, its own charms. So write on Nano Writer! Write on!

The word count today is 3,225 but remember it's still really just 538 words three times over the day, a handful of words, barely enough to describe what your character's wearing or what he or she's doing standing at the kitchen sink holding that bloody knife...

Questions, excerpts to share, recipes for dandelion wine? It's all good! Keep writing, Nano Writer!

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