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Day 17 - 13 days remaining

Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces,
pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles
on a napkin, and crossings of legs.

— Jerome Stern


Today’s word count is 28,339, Nano Writer! The weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on your writing or if you want to get ahead and build up a little extra to cover for busy days next week.

But if you're feeling a bit tapped out or your weekend is even busier than your weekdays, you still might try to keep your hand in and your story warm by writing just a few lines of dialogue or setting description - something that can be done in five minutes or less and on the back of a napkin or index card. Twenty words... thirty words... a "tweet" worth...

Another way to keep your story active is to be on the lookout for anything from your day that can be built into your story. Even the way the guy at the coffee bar itches his ear might be the perfect bit of body language to bring a minor character to life or the way the sun looks rising over an abandoned building, the perfect image to write into the scene where your character finds the strength he needs for one last battle.

Questions? Comments? Favorite character gesture? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 16 - 14 days remaining

I'm sorry I wrote such a long letter.
I did not have the time to write a short one.

— Abraham Lincoln


Today's word count is 26,672 and it's Back-It-Up Friday! You know the drill everyone! Back Up Your Novel!

And it's the beginning of our third weekend - time to catch up, add to or push ahead with our stories! Remember too, now is not the time to give into worries and doubts the inner editor tries to saddle us with while we are creating! Write "long" and give it your all!

Questions? Comments? Back-up plans? Just do it and keep writing!
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Day 15 - 15 days remaining

If you love to write, then write.
Don't let your goal be having a novel published,
let your goal be enjoying your stories.

— Stephenie Meyer


The word count today is 25,000 and we have officially arrived at the halfway point, Nano Writer! It is quite an accomplishment to be sure but don't stop now - things should be getting quite interesting/complicated for your protagonist. Time to shift into high gear and charge into the fray! The writing this week should be a lot of fun as your characters finally start to mix it up. Who will come out on top?

Questions? Comments? A fun excerpt to share? It's all good so keep writing!
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Day 14 - 16 days remaining

Name names. Make your writing physical. Use lots of exact nouns.
"Food" is an idea; "black-bean soup" is a thing. Naming not only makes
the writing more visceral, it makes the reader trust you.

— David Long


Today's word count is 23,338, Nano Writer! And at the end of the day, we'll see the backside of Week Two! Congratulations to everyone who survived the week, who pushed back the doubts and despair, worked through the daily struggles and insecurities, and have become stronger and more dedicated to completing both the challenge and their story!

But there's still work to be done. Your character may now be resolved to take on the bad guys by now, tired of being pushed around/lied to/given the runaround/betrayed and is even now preparing, mentally and physically, for what may become a series of confrontations designed to fully test your character's mettle. Will they survive the battle/apocalypse/illness/investigation/ensoulment/loss of love and/or hope?

Questions? Comments? Recipe for success? My favorite is the resolution to write everyday! So, Nano Writer, keep writing!
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Day 13 - 17 days remaining

The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it
at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades
on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.

— Washington Irving


The word count today is 21,671! Just that and a word about details, Nano Writer! They say the Devil is in the details but I say it's where the story comes alive. Add a dash of detail and your bland becomes grand! Your character might drive a red car but if he gets behind the wheel of a 2005 Black Cherry RX-8 Mazda, he'll be going places. And as a bonus, you'll reap a bit of plot or characterization as well as a handful of extra words for your count.

Questions? Comments? Cool detail to share? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 12 - 18 days remaining

If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully,
with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’
But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary,
sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a
quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and,
boy, the reader believes!

— Fred East


Today's word count is 20,004! A banner day and time to indulge in a 10k reward if you got one. Otherwise, congratulate yourself on a job well done coming this far!

And if you are a little short, no need to dispair. Could be time to indulge in a little word padding. No, not the kind where you write out contractions or quote long passages of poetry - time for that later, maybe.

No this is the kind of "padding" that might actually add a little 3D to a character that might feel a bit flat. Read through today's quote again and see where "showing" (instead of "telling") infuses a little bit of reality into your fictional people.

So instead of writing: "He was happy to see her come through the door" for a total of ten words, why not write the scene as: "He felt the smile come over him, like the sun chasing shadows, worries about the day's troubles fading too as he watched her push the door open and come into Lucky's Laundromat carrying that ridiculous red Santa sack of what he could only speculate was elf unmentionables, assuming elves even had what one might stuff into unmentionables." Fifty-seven words.

Purple prose? Maybe. But it's got words. And some of it might even survive the editor's pen later down the road.

Questions? Comments? Your best purple prose? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 11 - 19 days remaining

Caress your phrase tenderly: it will end by smiling at you.

— Anatole France


Today's word count is 18,337, Nano Writer! We're coming up on the 20k mileage marker - is your story still cruising along the interstate/highway/autobahn or have you hit a speed bump and you're waiting for the muse to arrive with a tow truck?

Hey, it happens. Stuff happens. If your word count isn't what you were hoping for today, don't sweat it. Even the best high performance cars break down and need a little TLC to get back on the road again.

So shift into neutral and spend some time enjoying the scenery. Add some detail to a setting that might be a little bare. Write about how your character might spend a day off from chasing monsters. Get out the roadmap and do a little planning for what lies ahead.

What you don't want to do is give into frustration and doubts and fears because even though some days feel like it's all just one long, unending uphill climb, remember the top of the mountain has the best views and after that, it's all downhill to the finish line.

Questions? Comments? Speeding tickets to tell us about? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 10 - 20 days remaining

Successful writers are not the ones who write the
best sentences. They are the ones that keep writing.

— Bonnie Friedman


Today's word count is 16,670! And it's the beginning of our second weekend - the second of four this month. Weekend writing can be a good opportunity to catch up on your word count or pull ahead if the muse is kind! So I'll leave you to it!

Questions? Comments? Best sentence of the day? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 9 - 21 days remaining

I never correct anything and I never go back to what
I have written, except to the foot of the last page to see
where I have got to. If you once look back, you are lost.

— Ian Fleming


Today's word count is 15,003! That represents about a third of your novel, Nano Writer! And it would be a tragedy of truly epic proportions to lose any of that work - so back it up! That's right - it's Back It Up Friday! Get out those flash drives or pack your story up and send it to the clouds. Whatever your method of choice may be - just do it!

Questions? Comments? Does your protagonist prefer it shaken or stirred? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 8 - 22 days remaining

One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly.

— Lawrence Block


Today's word count is 13,336! And we're staring down the infamous Week Two of the NNWM Challenge. But we're not going to let that stop us or even slow us down, right Nano Writers?! We've got stories to tell and out antagonists are in the thick of it now, fumbling and flailing, trying to figure out what to do next now that they've left the comfort of their everyday world.

It's kind of scary. It might seem that what we write is doomed to fail. Just like our characters are convinced that after a couple of bad turns, they can't do it after all. But we need to show them how by not giving up even when things look bad - that's the time you need to remind yourself of the prize that lies ahead and keep moving forward!

Questions? Comments? First word/last word you wrote today? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 7 - 23 days remaining

The human desire to know why is as powerful as the desire
to know what happened next, and it is a desire of a higher order.

— Janet Burroway


Today's word count is 11, 669! And we're coming up on the end of the first week! How's everyone doing? Has your protagonist taken that first important step away from what's comfortable, venturing out into the unknown in pursuit of some overwhelming desire or need?

Hold onto that desire, keep it up front and in your sights as we move into our second week of writing to stave off the infamous NaNoWriMo doldrums, still waters of doubts and don't-wanna's.

Because you can do it Nano Writer!

Questions? Comments? Excerpts to share? So what happens next? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 6 - 24 days remaining

The muscles of writing are not so visible, but they are just as
powerful: determination, attention, curiosity, a passionate heart.

— Natalie Goldberg


Today's word count is 10,002! A banner day for any and all Nano Writers! 10K! If you've set aside a small prize for the day in recognition of this truly remarkable accomplishment - the first ten thousand words of your novel - it's time to reward yourself and enjoy the moment! And for everyone who's written 10,000 words (and more or almost), this post is dedicated to you! Take a bow!

And now it's time to get back to work! Your protagonist is, no doubt, in deep trouble and things are getting worse... what's next? It's time to flex those writerly muscles and figure it out!

Questions? Comments? Want to share your 10,000th word? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 5 - 25 days remaining

Don't let perfect be the enemy of the good.

— Voltaire


Today's word count is 8,335 Nano Writer! And something to keep in mind: every word counts - even the ones that might seem too big or too small or just not quite right. Remember that you're writing a rough draft this month - it's not suppose to be perfect - but it needs to be written!

Questions? Comments? Funny or weird typos to share? It's all go odd ;-) So keep writing!
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Day 4 - 26 days remaining

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half
their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.

— Peter S. Beagle


Today's word count is 6,668! Is your protagonist having a bad time of it yet, Nano Writer? We may want to avoid conflict in real life but for our characters, "sorrows and burdens" are all a part of getting to the "happily ever after" or at least "the end."

And for our Nano Writers living in the US just a quick reminder that DST ends at 2 AM! And you know what that means! A free hour to write! Right? Oh come on guys, it least tell me that you'll think about it... guys...?

Questions? Comments? Sorrows to share? Joyful news? They say that a "shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow" so it's all good! Keep writing!
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Day 3 - 27 days remaining

When writing a first draft, you should be thinking only
about getting ideas onto paper, to have something that
can be reshaped and refined later on.

— Fred White


Today word count is 5K and one! And our first weekend. If you have the time, why not build up your word count and really get into your story? Remember too, your goal this month is to create a first draft - so ignore that delete key and keep the momentum forward and going strong!

Questions! Comments? Word 5,000 and one? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 2 - 28 days remaining

The maker of a sentence launches out into the
infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


Today's word count is 3,334! And because it's Friday, let's talk about backing up those words... It's not too early to think about it, Nano Writer! So what's your method of choice? Flash drive? Cloud drive? E-mail? Make it a habit now and you'll never have to worry about losing your work!

Questions? Comments? Excerpts to share? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 1 - 29 days remaining

You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

― Stephen King


The word count for today is 1,667! Easy, right? That’s about seven pages of a typed manuscript (following standard format). Of course Your Mileage May Vary and don’t think you have to stop when you hit the day’s quota! This is the time to tap into all that good writer mojo and let yourself go with the flow!

Questions? Comments? First word? It’s all good! So Keep Writing!
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Just a matter of hours until the start of NNWM

I write to give myself strength.
I write to be the characters that
I am not. I write to explore all
the things I'm afraid of.

― Joss Whedon


So this is it, Nano Writer! You are prepared (maybe/mostly/sort of)! You are ready (maybe/mostly/sort of)! There’s nothing to be afraid of right? Your muse and your characters are willing to share their story with you if you are willing to listen and brave enough to stare down the doubts and distracting voices telling you it’s impossible.

Because you can.

But it won’t necessarily be easy. Crossing the 50K finish line will demand much of you: your time, your dedication, your perseverance. But you can do it! And we’ll be here with you every step of the way.

Everyday, all November, we’ll post a countdown and daily word count reminder. Please feel free to reply to these posts to share news of your day’s accomplishments, snippets of writing, questions, challenges, requests or just to say “hi!”

The community itself will be closed to open posting from 11/1 − 11/30 and we thank you sincerely for your understanding as our intent is to minimize the distraction of those members who prefer not to participate in community exchanges once NNWM begins. Nano Writers will be open to posting again on December 1 and remain open throughout the year, as always, until next November.

But for now, Nano Writer, the starting line lies straight ahead! The clock will soon strike midnight and there’s only one thing left to say: Write, Nano Writer, write!
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2 days until the start of NNWM

Work on the title. Quickly make up five distinctly different
titles. Meditate on them. What bugs you about the one you
like least?

Merlin Mann, 43 Folders
Hack your way out of writer's block


Time to engage in a little creative visualization, Nano Writer.
You have finished your novel… you’re holding the published
book in your hands… what does that feel like? Got it? Good!
Remember that feeling because you can do this! And it all
starts in two days…
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3 days until the start of NNWM

Remove obstacles to creativity. That friend who
calls to complain about their life can wait until
you can afford to get stressed about their problems.

Joel Falconer, 30 Tips to Rejuvenate Your Creativity


It’s time to let everyone know, Nano Writer: NNWM starts in three
days! Ask for friends’ and family’s understanding and help as you
will be preoccupied for the next month creating something new and
exciting: your NNWM novel!


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