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11 months until NaNoWriMo 2011

As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till
I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear;
pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.


- Virginia Woolf

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The clock's striking midnight in my part of the world and so this year's NaNoWriMo challenge comes to a close for me. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the writers that participated this November - both official winners and all those Nano Writers that began the journey with us and for one or many of reasons were unable to complete the challenge. 50,000 words is indeed a whole lot of writing... )
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Day 30 - hours remaining

To finish is a sadness to a writer - a little death.
He puts the last word down and it is done. But it
isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves
the writer behind, for no story is ever done.


- John Steinbeck

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And it all comes down to this: the last day of NaNoWriMo! The final word count is 50,000! We have many Nano Writers who have crossed the finish line (congratulations!) and others who are very close... To these members I say: don't give up! Keep_writing! )
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Day 29 - 1 day remaining

In the long run, a people is known,
not by its statements or its statistics,
but by the stories it tells.


- Flannery O'Connor

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So close to the end Nano Writer - today's word count is 48,333! Good luck to everyone still writing whether you're working hard to write several thousand words to reach the finish line or finishing up the last scenes for your story or even more bravely, writing on despite the long odds that you will have 50K words by the end of the month... you are all to be commended! You are true writers... )
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Day 28 - 2 days remaining

The faster I write the better my output.
If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means
I'm pushing the words instead of being
pulled by them.


- Raymond Chandler

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Today's word count is 46,667 - are you closing in on your story's climatic scene Nano Writers or are your characters still chasing after the bad guys? Perhaps it might be time to write_faster... )
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining

NOVEL, n. A short story padded.

- Ambrose Bierce,
The Devil's Dictionary

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This is it. Crunch time, Nano Writer. Maybe you're a little behind on your word count, maybe a lot. But this is when you discover what you've got, what you can do when you really want it. So sign into Write or Die, sign up for a Word War with a friend/rival or just find a quiet spot, you and your writing tool of choice, and finish_your_story... )
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Day 26 - 4 days remaining

Write garbage. Write, write, write. Then learn to edit brilliantly.

- CJ Cherryh

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The word count today is 43,333. How is everyone doing? With four days left, this is the time to put away your red pens and as the lady says: write, write, write! Editing comes after you've crossed that 50K finish_line! )
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Day 25 - 5 days remaining

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

- Kahlil Gibran

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The word count today is 41,667! If you're behind, it's time to open the floodgates and let the story flow from your heart and head onto_the_page... )
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Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented
individuals from the successful ones is a lot of hard work.


- Stephen King

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Today's word count is another milestone: 40K! How is everyone doing today? We have several Nano Writers that are close to the end and others working hard to catch_up... )
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If you wish to be a writer, write.

- Epictetus

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Life seems to be full of both beginnings and endings, Nano Writer, both good and bad, though in general, I suspect that most people have more positive experiences with beginnings than ends. After all, the beginning of anything offers the promise of adventure and new horizons to conquer: the first day of school, first kisses, the first page of a new book.

Whereas endings... )
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Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day,
and on the good writing days nothing else matters.


- Neil Gaiman

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Today's word count is 36,667. Did everyone have a chance to catch up over the weekend? )
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Day 21 - 9 days remaining

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even
though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.


- Elias Canetti

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Three weeks ago, we all began an adventure. Excited, hopeful, and maybe even a little scared, we began to tell a story. And in this intent, we are the same. And the same as Homer and Hemingway, Chaucer and Chatterjee, Murasaki and Morrison. Yes, the very same. But now, twenty-one days later, our challenge becomes something different... )
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Day 20 - 10 days remaining

Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.

- Jane Yolen

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And we come to the beginning of our third of four weekends Nano Writer! Hopefully for some, a time to catch-up. Perhaps to even race ahead because today's goal is 33,333 which is kind of magical... )
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Day 19 - 11 days remaining

Whatever job I had, I was always writing like crazy.
All I ever liked about offices was being able to type up
stories on the computer when no one was looking.


- J. K. Rowling

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Today's word count is 31,667! How is everyone coming along? Having some trouble finding the time to write today? Well not to get anyone in trouble or anything but... )
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Day 18 - 12 days remaining

All the stories I would like to persecute me.
When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are
all around me, like little devils, and while one
tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose,
and each says to me, "Sir, write me, I am beautiful."


- Umberto Eco

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And today's word count is another milestone: 30K! How is everyone doing? Excerpts? Questions? Comments? )
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Day 17 - 13 days remaining

Putting the characters through pain is never a problem
for me. That's where all the interesting stuff happens.
And growth only comes through pain and struggle.
So it's for their own good really.


- J. Michael Straczynski

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So Nano Writer, today's word count is 28,333! How is everyone doing today? )
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Day 16 - 14 days remaining

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not
the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.


- E.L. Doctorow

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So we all have them: bad writing days. Here are some tips to consider for those times you've checked your word count (for the fifth time but who's counting?) and found that you were a_little_short... )
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Day 15 - 15 days remaining

Keep in mind that the person to write for is yourself.
Tell the story that you most desperately want to read.


- Susan Isaacs

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*walks up to mic* Uh... Hello? *taps mic* SQUEAL *makes slashing signs across throat* Thanks. Okay... I have one announcement I would like to make today and that_is... )
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Day 14 - 16 days remaining

Often I'll find clues to where the story might go
by figuring out where the characters would rather not go.


- Doug Lawson

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We're closing in on the halfway mark! Is your story still on track or losing a little steam? )
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Day 13 - 17 days remaining

I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head
like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.


- Ray Bradbury

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Ah, the weekend! After a busy week of obligations - school, work, sometimes both - the weekend is often a good time to catch up with chores, friends, sleep... writing? )
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Day 12 - 18 days remaining

Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences.
They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover
what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves,
and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.


- Bonnie Friedman

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So we're closing in on the end of the second week today - arguably the hardest week to survive. The honeymoon is done and now you and your characters are arguing about who's suppose to do the dishes and who left the lid up. What do you do when you think that it's time to dump_your_story )

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