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There are 75 days left until the start of National Novel Writing Month! To celebrate, Nano Writers announces our final contest:

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One of the cool features available to NaNoWriMo writers is the option to upload your book's cover artwork to your novel info page. Many writers find their cover art a source of inspiration for writing (and finishing) their NaNo novel!

Creating a book cover for your novel is fun and easy! Check out our quick tutorial on How to Create your own Book Cover in Four Easy Lessons here! )

Details for the Cover Up Contest may be found here! )

Any questions about either the book cover tutorial or the Cover Up contest or other comments or suggestions are welcomed! Our ongoing Build a World project continues tomorrow with part 17!

Until then, keep writing!

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Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:37 pm
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There are only 100 days until the start of NaNoWriMo! Here are a couple of websites to help celebrate the day!

100 Excellent Online Tools to Feed Your Creativity

Many experts say that creativity is not necessarily something you have or don't have, but that can be nurtured and developed. If you are searching for ways to feed your creativity, then take a look at these online tools. From tools that help you organize, plan, and brainstorm to tools that inspire through writing prompts and creative photos to tools that work to develop the creative mind, you will find plenty of inspiration in this list.


Club 100 for Writers

Club 100 is the brain child of writer Avis Hester. The challenge is simple. Write at least 100 words a day for 100 days. You'll be surprised how quickly the pages add up, even if you're only meeting the minimum goal!


Top 100 articles on Writing

"Articles To Hone Your Writing Skills To Perfection!" From Writing Information.


100 Best Last Lines from Novels from American Book Review


More later about a special contest...

Until then, keep writing!

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Jun. 23rd, 2009 01:18 pm
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There are 130 days left until the start of NaNoWriMo, Nano Writers!

As this month's focus is on our characters and characterization, let's take a brief look at William Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, the Master's pithy characterization of his mistress:

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

It's been said that "Shakespeare's Sonnet CXXX mocks the conventions of the garish and flowery courtly sonnets." Yet I must admit that sometimes I have resorted to a little of the "garish and flowery" myself when trying to hit my NaNoWriMo word count.

Anyone else?

Perhaps this list may help the next time you're doing a little word padding (or just plain stuck looking for just the right word for your protagonist):

130 Positive Personality Adjectives

Scott Adams, author and creator of the Dilbert comic strip, also writes that: "...if you read the list of positive personality adjectives quickly, it actually makes you feel slightly upbeat. It's a subtle form of hypnosis."

And lest our bad guys feel neglected, there's also a list of common Negative Personality Adjectives that can be found here.

More later this week! Part 2 for What a Character! coming up next!

And as always... keep writing!
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Some quick facts: NaNoWriMo begins on November 1, 2009. So that means that we have almost six months to cast about the murky depths of our collective imaginations, call out the questionable characters we find there, and create for our darlings a whole new world of trouble.

Or at least talk about it.

Six months. That’s the better part of 24 weeks or more precisely, 178 days. How best shall we spend those months, weeks and days?

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