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11 months until NaNoWriMo 2012

Writing a novel is a tiny candle in a dark, swirling world.
It brings light and warmth and hope to the lucky few who,
against insufferable odds and despite a juggernaut of irritations,
find themselves in the right place to hold it.

– Lemony Snicket

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As the clock strikes midnight, the fairy tale says enchantment fades and the glamor gives way to everyday reality. And so some might say the same for NaNoWriMo as the challenge draws to a close and the fun, the excitement, the heartbreak and cursing, the beautiful flights of fantasy are put away until next year and Wrimos take up again their everyday lives of jobs and schools and neglected family and friends.

But before we part ways, I would like to again recognize and congratulate every Nano Writer who participated this year, every writer who crossed the 50k finish line as well as any writer who had to set aside their fledgling story because of overwhelming commitments or illness or quirk of fate. You have done well and should be very proud of what you have accomplished this month. You have given form to things unknown and given airy nothings a name and habitation, to paraphrase old Bill Shakespeare. You are the stuff of magic.

And remember too, even after the midnight hour has come and gone, the fairy tale continues.

So even as we take up our everyday routines again, perhaps we might still steal a little time away from all the rest, to fashion for our story its own version of Happy Ever After, believing in ourselves and our characters, by finishing the story. And then, after giving this first draft some time to rest and breathe… a matter of days, months, years… put on our editor’s hat and make it even better! For me, that means a lot more research and a good supply of red pens ;-)

I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the wonderful writers who took the time to comment this November and share with all of us their stories, notes of progress, words of inspiration, unfailing encouragement and good wishes. My thanks and gratitude! You are a great part of what makes this such a fabulous and wonderful community! Thank you!

And now, even as the clock strikes midnight, let’s celebrate! Let’s celebrate all that we have done, all that we will do and all that is possible!

Especially if you Keep Writing!
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Day 30 - hours remaining

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

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This is it Nano Writers - only hours remain until the end of the 2011 NaNoWriMo challenge! The word count today is 50,000 and if you’ve crossed the 50k finish line: Congratulations! Don’t forget to validate your word count (the link to the validator can be found by clicking the "I am ready to validate my novel" link under your "My NaNoWriMo" > "Edit Novel Info" tab) to register your win officially on the website.

And if you’re still writing… what are you doing here? Get back to it! The finish line is there and waiting for you. But more than that, your characters and story need closure/resolution/a kick-@ss conclusion. So write! Nano Writer write! and see what you can really do when the clock is ticking…

Questions? Comments? It’s all good - so Keep Writing!
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Day 29 - 1 day remaining

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

— Richard Bach

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Are we there yet? Are you close? Now's not time to quit! Write on! Nano Writer write on! The word count is 48,343! You can do it!

Questions? Comments? It’s all good! Keep writing!
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Day 28 - 2 days remaining

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
falling like dew upon a thought, produces that
which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

— Lord Byron

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It that’s time again Nano Writers! It’s Back Up Your Novel Even More Day and today especially you don’t want mechanical/electrical/human error to keep you from crossing the Finish Line and claiming the accolades you will so richly deserve! Just do it!

Today’s word count is 46,676 and The End draws ever closer - you can’t quit now! It is only a small matter of words, just words but such things that may move a man or a mountain, such is the power of a well told tale. Questions? Comments? Back up your work and then Write! Write! Write!
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining

And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown,
the poet's pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothings
a local habitation and a name.

— William Shakespeare

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Like the artist’s brush, the writer’s pen conjures worlds and peoples from nothing more than the writer’s imagination who then shares this magic with all those that read and enjoy the writer’s tale. But before that can happen, the writer must begin and complete the story…

Now is the time Nano Writer to finish what was begun all those weeks and days ago. You can do it! Finish your story and cross that finish line!

Today’s word count is 45,009! You are so close! Questions? Comments? Keep writing!
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Day 26 - 4 days remaining

If all feels hopeless, if that famous 'inspiration' will not come, write.
If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds
are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood,
face the icy challenge of the paper - write.

— J. B. Priestly

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Our last weekend Nano Writer! And four days left until the end of the NNWM challenge. This is it. This is the time to sit down and write! This is the time to help your protagonist meet his or her most awful moment head on and conquer all challenges that keep your main character from achieving his or her heart’s desire. This is the time to catch up on your word count and perhaps surge ahead to the finish line. This is the time, Nano Writer, and I know that you can do it!

Today’s word count is 43,342. Questions? Comments? Can you see the end? It’s there! You just need to Keep Writing!
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Day 25 - 5 days remaining

In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth,
then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come
to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

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We are all one blood, we writers, telling our stories and writing our tales and as such, Nano Writers, let us march resolutely to Finish Line together! You can do it!

Reminder: validation begins today on the NaNoWriMo web site...

Today’s word count is 41,675! Questions? Comments? Favorite writing snack food? An apple is good but I would avoid any handed out by an evil queen disguised as an old woman peddler… just saying ;-) Keep writing!
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Day 22 - 8 days remaining

Write even when you don't want to,
don't much like what you are writing,
and aren't writing particularly well.

— Agatha Christie

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There comes a time when almost every writer develops a dislike (read: loathing) for their story. The causes are as varied as the writers themselves but most common is a certainty that the writing is substandard and/or the story itself is trite/overdone/stinks like yesterday’s garbage. This mind set leads to an intense desire to abandon said story and to (a) start over, (b) stop writing , or (c) drown one’s sorrow in strong drink.

But guess what… your story? Just as good as when you started writing it a couple of weeks ago. Really it is. This is not to say that it’s ready for the New York Times Best Seller list (that won’t happen until it’s been through one or more rewrites) but it’s not time to hit delete or haul out the paper shredder either.

What you need to do is finish your story. Even if you don’t want to or don’t like what you’re writing or you’re absolutely sure the writing could be done better by a chimp banging randomly on a typewriter. Finish your story. Then let it sit a week, a month, let it breathe and then pour yourself something good and read it - start to finish. You'll be surprised to see how much there is that’s really good and the love, the enthusiasm, the respect will be back.

Of course this will only work if you don’t give up!

The word count today is 36,674! Questions? Comments? It’s all good - really! Keep writing!
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Day 21 - 9 days remaining

To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day,
and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start
from the breastbone - just plain going at it, in pain and delight.

— John Hersey

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Yes it’s that time again, Nano Writers! It’s Back Up Your Novel Yet Again Day! You know the drill. Enough said.

The word count today is 35,007 and our final week is fast approaching! If you’re running behind, try to write a little more everyday! Else the end of the month may prove to be more pain than delight…

Questions? Comments? Remember to back up? It’s a good thing! And keep writing!
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Day 20 - 10 days remaining

Peace again! - the exquisite hour before dawn, here at my old desk --
seldom have I realized so keenly, appreciated so fully, these still, dark hours.

— Edward Weston

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The word count is 33,340, Nano Writers! Take advantage of the day if you can, to catch up or get ahead because next week is sure to be busy with school and work and for some of us - travel and family and pumpkin pie ;-)

Questions? Comments? Favorite time of day to write? I’m a night owl as you might have guessed! But it’s all good so keep writing!
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Day 19 - 11 days remaining

I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.

— Clarence Budington Kelland

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It’s the beginning of our third weekend, Nano Writer! Will you be heading out to a local write-in, a local coffee shop or quiet library? Or is your preference more virtual, doing word sprints or wars with friends/rivals/arch enemies online or do battle with the dread Dr. Wicked's Write or Die?

The word count is 31,673! How far will you go today? Questions? Comments? Ignore the screaming typewriter (it's always been a kind of a whiner) and Keep Writing!
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Day 18 - 12 days remaining

I adore adverbs; they are the only qualifications I really much respect.

— Henry James

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So some say that adjectives and adverbs are overused and the sign of weak writing. Of course Your Mileage May Vary on this but I say balderdash! Adjectives and adverbs add spice and color and clarity… write the scene as you see it using the words that come to you easiest and best!

Second guessing your word choice at this stage kills the spontaneous nature of telling your story. Or think of it this way: all those “weak” adverbs and adjectives will work very nicely as placeholders until later, during the revision process, they may be redone as simile or metaphor or red-penned as fodder for the thesaurus. Or maybe… you might decide it was just the right way to write it after all.

Today’s word count is 30,006! And time to break out another 10K milestone prize if you’re on a mini-reward system! Quixotic questions? Clarifying comments? It’s all good! So keep writing!
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Day 17 - 13 days remaining

Caress the detail, the divine detail.

— Vladimir Nabokov

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Has the plot bunny you followed down the rabbit hole deserted you to take tea with your Mad Inner Editor and left you wondering what happens next? Caress the detail! Rather than let a day pass without writing, go back and flesh out a bare scene or two with divine detail. And take heart - tomorrow is another day!

Today’s word count is 28,339! Questions? Comments? Share something to smile about? My favorite typo for the day: “Certainly, I would be happy for the whelp,” Dodd said. Apparently my subconscious sees the character as a father-to-be and not in need of a hand ;-) but it’s all good! Keep writing!
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Day 16 - 14 days remaining

For me, a page of good prose is where
one hears the rain [and] the noise of battle.

— John Cheever

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How goes the battle, Nano Writers? Today’s word count is 26,672! If you find that you’re a little short today, you might go back and add in a sentence or two to give your scene a little atmospheric boost, a metaphoric pinch of weather or a slathering of sensory simile to bring the prose to life!

Questions, comments, most overused adjective ever? Apparently my story is overdone with “horrific” nouns - something else to add to my rewrite list ;-) But right now, it’s all good - so keep writing!
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Day 15 - 15 days remaining

From a certain point onward there is no longer any
turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

— Franz Kafka

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Toady’s word count is 25,000 and we’re officially half way through the month Nano Writer! Congratulations to everyone who has come this far whether you’ve written a thousand or thirty thousand words or even more, you should be very proud of your accomplishments for you have also survived the terrible Week Two Yips, the downfall of many a well-intentioned NNWM contender.

But now is not the time to rest on our laurels, oh no, for our stories are only half told. We must push on after a brief respite to enjoy the heady view for soon our stories will shift gear and then hold on! because it will be a bumpy, wild and crazy ride to the finish line!

Questions? Comments? 25,000th word? Mine was “to” from “Tread lightly, Sergeant. We have a murder to solve.” Whatever and whenever you arrive there, it’s all good! So keep writing!
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Day 14 - 16 days remaining

Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it.
Even in the moments when
it's so hurtful to think about writing.

— Heather Armstrong

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Today is “Back Up Your Novel Again Day.” So back up those words, Nano Writers!

And today’s word count is 23,338! That’s also 23,338 reasons why you need to invest a minute or two to save, copy, zip, box, cloud, stick, mail, post or redundancize your novel-to-be. Because losing your work is a hurt you don’t need and peace of mind is priceless.

Questions, comments, the last word you backed up today? You say you’ll get around to it later? Back it up people! It’s a good thing! And then keep writing!
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Day 13 - 17 days remaining

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.

— William Shakespeare

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Perception is truly a magical thing. How else can the appearance of a thing change from big to small or small to big in the blink of an eye? Or consider this, today’s word count of 21,671 seems almost impossible from the starting line but today it’s only 1,667 words away (if you’ve been keeping up) and for our fast writers, it’s a tiny blip in the rearview mirror.

So try a little magic! If you’re behind, a little or a lot, change your perspective by putting on some blinders and commit to write a day’s worth of words and blink! you’re a day closer to the finish line. No? Well it was worth a try ;-)

Questions? Comments? Wanna see a magic “rubber” pencil? It’s all done with perspective! Keep writing!
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Day 12 - 18 days remaining

I always advise authors to keep their first draft
because although there will be much to blush about,
there will also be glorious tumbles of inspiration.

— Roz Morris

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It’s the beginning of the weekend, Nano Writer and a great time to catch up on those word counts or add something to a nice "just in case" buffer. The word count for today is 20,004 and time to break out another one of those “10K” prizes if you’re on a mini-reward system! Questions? Comments? A tumble or stumble of inspiration to share? It’s all good! So keep writing!
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Day 11 - 19 days remaining

Storytelling is about wonder.

— Laura Whitcomb

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Today is 11/11/11 and to celebrate this palindromic event the likes of which we shall not see again for another hundred years, why not take our ElevenElevenEleven challenge!

Add eleven words to your story (as long as this sentence)!

Everyone’s day is super busy with work and school and real life characters, it can be hard to find the time to write but eleven words is easy right? It doesn’t have to be precise - eleven words and friends are good, even better! And if you find the challenge too easy, go for 111 words - the same number of words (and numbers) you see from the word “today” to here!

And if you find a paragraph or two to be an unworthy offering to honor the significance of the day then commit to 1,111 words which is only 556 words shy of a day’s writing (shhh… we won’t tell your significant other/boss/hungry child/lonely best friend that you’re spending time on your NaNoNovel - this is an 11/11 challenge right?)

Today’s word count is 18,337! Questions? Comments? Eleventh word of the day? 1,111th word? It’s all wonderful! So keep writing!
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Day 10 - 20 days remaining

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but
it's the only way you can do anything really good.

— William Faulkner

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What is sometimes called the world’s first modern novel, The Tale of the Genji was written by a woman known only as Murasaki Shikibu sometime during the 11th century. Basically a love story, the work consists of 1,100 pages and 54 chapters, completed chapter by chapter, as the author, a lady-in-waiting serving the Heian aristocracy, shared each new installment with her readers, the women of the ancient Japanese court.

So go ahead. Tell your story. Write something everyday. Ignore anything and anyone that tells you’re wasting your time, that your story’s no good. Do it anyway. Get it down. Take chances. Because you’ll never know…

The word count today: 16,670! That’s about 67 pages (more or less) and about a third of the way to the finish line! Questions? Comments? A classic read to recommend? It’s all good! So keep writing!


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