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Hey Kids! It's a pop-up challenge in homage to today's date: 9/9/09!

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And in order to court the nine Muses* such that they may bless our November Novels, why not try one of our nine_challenges? )
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Don't get it right, just get it written.

- James Thurber


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What words of wisdom keep you going when you just want to give up, Nano Writer? What special quote keeps you motivated, on target and coming back for more?

We’re going to put together a series of special posts for November - won’t_you_help? )
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You say you know your genres? You know what makes a mystery tick and what beats a heart-felt romance? Well here's your chance to show off your knowledge of what genre is all about...

show off your genre sensibilities here )
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Fourteen Nano Writers shared with us their word lists in Part 1 and six writers stepped up to the challenge as presented in part 2, applying first-rate sleuthing skills!

And without further ado, we're very happy to announce our winner! It is...

the_envelope_please... )

Missed out on the fun? Stayed tuned for future challenges and contest announcements!
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What IS That? Part 2 closes this Friday. The response so far seems a little light – have we so few sleuths and puzzlers among our tribe of scribes? And for those who have answered the challenge – salutations and thanks! For one – a worthy prize awaits!

Writing Thought for the Week:

Whether or not you write well, write bravely.

Bill Stout
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Hey all! A quick announcement: Nano-Writers' first writing challenge - part 1 is now closed. I would like to sincerely thank all the Nano Writers who participated!

We continue now with Part 2 of the challenge which was inspired by the following advice:

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King


click_here_for_more_details )
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Hey All! Just a quick mention that there’s still time to try out Nano’s first writing challenge - part 1. All it takes is five minutes and a writer’s keen eye for detail. Five minutes (who doesn’t have five minutes?) and you’ll be set to take part in the fun when we reveal the second part of the challenge!

Still not convinced?

The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.

Lawrence Clark Powell, American Librarian, Writer and Critic, 1906-2001

So, what do you say Nano Writers? Take the Chance and strut your Writer Stuff!

Coming up next… Nano’s Calendar of Events! with monthly themes for our blue writers, bi-weekly discussions for our purple authors, and fun challenges and outrageous contests for everyone as we get ready for NaNoWriMo ’09!
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Many thanks to everyone who responded to our little “get-to-know-a-writer” thread. Some great ideas there so if you haven’t checked it out, click here. Go ahead. We’ll wait for you.

And as you might have expected, we all come to NaNoWriMo with a world-wide variety of experiences and expectations. Some writers finish their NaNo novel (or at least 50,000 words of it) with ease and an envious amount of aplomb. And there are others who have yet to experience that sweet-sweet feeling of victory for themselves - yet being the operative word.

So in order to keep the community’s “fun factor” fresh and open to everyone, newbie and veteran alike, we’re going to try running weekly/monthly challenges (writing and other) with a “rating” system so members can filter out/skip those activities that don’t fit their particular level of experience or interest - though of course, everyone should feel free to participate in any challenge that appeals to them, right?

it’s_all_about_the_blue_and_purple )

Now for...
NaNo Writers First Challenge!

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Challenge: What Is That?
Difficulty: Blue (with a Purple twist :-)
Time needed: Five minutes
Bring Along: a timer and a small object (details behind cut)
Deadline: first part of the challenge will close on midnight, Saturday May 9 (whenever that may be for you)

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