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Okay Nano Writers! It’s that time again so put on your writing hats and grab your favorite pens/pencils/keyboards. This month we’re going to be talking about your story’s characters and characterization tips and techniques. And to kick things off: a contest!

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Part 1 will close at midnight EST on June 14.
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Apparently, many of our Nano Writers (whether of the blue or purple persuasion) have a passionate interest in the topic of genre and my thanks to everyone who commented on the earlier post!

What exactly genre means is open to a degree of interpretation…

tired_retread_or_playful_subversion? )
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So now that we've put that place in Schenectady out of business, what do some other writers say about where the ideas come from...

Neil Gaiman (American Gods and Coraline) reports that when asked, he would say:

"From the Idea-of-the-Month Club," I'd say, or "From a little ideas shop in Bognor Regis," "From a dusty old book full of ideas in my basement," or even "From Pete Atkins."

But now-a-days, tired of tomfoolery, he opts for telling the curious where his ideas really come from...click_here_for_more )
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Last week we looked at ways to jumpstart the writing habit by writing in a journal every day, and like a good distance runner, working up to your NaNoWriMo word count of 1,667 words a day.

Okay, show of hands, how many Nano Writers fell a little short of the target? Wow. That's a lot of hands. But hey, that's okay! It's a new week! Let's see if we can't inspire a few more keystrokes and work that word count by finding something fun/cool/relevant/inspirational to write about and perhaps, maybe, stumble on a really great idea for your novel you're going to write in November.

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So you say you want to write a novel. Better yet, you want to write a 50,000 word novel. And you want to do it in 30 days.

30 days!

That’s pretty scary stuff. 50,000 words. 30 days. So let’s break it down into something a little more manageable.

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And_we_all_know_the_formula,_right? )


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