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11 months until NaNoWriMo 2013


Don’t cry because it’s over,
smile because it happened.


— Dr. Seuss


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Another NaNoWriMo challenge has come to an end. And whether you crossed the 50k finish line, Nano Writer or if you found yourself mired in Real Life stuff and had to set your story aside for another day...

For now..

Take a bow! Throw your hat in air! Sound the trumpets! For today and hopefully for many days and years to come, know at least this much, that you are a writer - a story teller - and share the same history and lineage as Homer and Dickens or J. K. Rowling and E. L. James.

Yes - you! You did it! Celebrate! You did good! Celebrate your accomplishment - whether it is 50,000 words or more, maybe many more. Or less, maybe a lot less. It doesn't matter because you did it - you are a writer, the one and only creator of a brand new story! Celebrate!

And then catch up on your sleep! Welcome your family and friends back into your life! Catch up on all those things that had to be put aside to make this marvelous thing happen.

And sometime later, take a peak at what you've done - it will be a lot better than you think, I promise you - print it out, read it and then let loose your inner editor, and go at it! But until then...

As always... Write, Nano Writer, write!
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Day 30 - Hours remaining


A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is
not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are,
after all, no more than mere spectators of life.


— Ryūnosuke Akutagawa


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This is it Nano Writers - the last day! The word count is 50,000 and if you've written at least 1,677 words for the last thirty days, you'll soon see your NNWM word banner turn a lovely shade of "winner" purple.

So two things to do before the clock strikes midnight for your time zone -

Validate! your word count so to be officially recognized for your wonderfully amazing accomplishment... 50,000 words (or more) of a brand new novel!

Back It Up! - one last time this month so your story will be waiting for you when it's time to put on your editor's hat to transform your first draft from the pure creative muck it is now to a shining, beautiful novel that patiently awaits your loving attention.

But that's for later! Today, validate your word count and don't forget to Back It Up!

Questions? Comments? You can do it, Nano Writer so... Write!Write!Write!
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Day 29 - 1 day remaining


It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they
don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.


— Sinclair Lewis


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Today's word count is 48,343 and you know the drill. Write, Nano Writer! Write!
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Day 28 - 2 days remaining


This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard
and you put one word after another until its done.
It's that easy, and that hard.


― Neil Gaiman


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Today's word count is 46,676! Two days, Nano Writers! Two days! Are you looking at a less than stellar word count and wondering how you'll get it done?

This is how... sit down in front of your keyboard and write. Shut off your e-mail/internet/twittery face thing, turn up your favorite music (or in the case of roommates/parents/irate neighbors put on a pair of headphones/ear buds first) and start writing. One word, two words and so on until it's done.

You. Can. Do. It. So get it done and finish that story!

Questions? Comments? Go on, get out of here and Write! Nano Writer! Write!
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining


We have to continually be jumping off cliffs
and developing our wings on the way down.


― Kurt Vonnegut


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Today's word count is 45,009! Have you lost your way, Nano Writer? Not sure how your story ends? Thinking about throwing in the towel?

DON'T GIVE UP!

You've come so far and to quit now would be a very sad ending indeed. If you're feeling stuck and have nothing left to lose, go for it and jump!

Of course, not literally, but perhaps now might be a good time to go a little creative and invite a few ninja or pirates or aliens/robots/dinosaurs/singing spittoons to the party and see how a new challenge/perspective shakes things up and inspires one last push to the finish line! Take chances! Mash genres! Make something new! HAVE FUN!

Because now's the time to do it! Questions? Comments? Fly, Nano Writer, fly!
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Day 26 - 4 days remaining


He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick


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The word count today is 43,342! Some time ago, you started down a road Nano Writer, just you and your protagonist and maybe an assorted cast of friends, allies, a mentor or wise woman and perhaps a shady guy you were never quite sure about...

Your protagonist had a goal, a mission, a desire and standing in his/her way was an antagonist with the same (or better) desire to keep your hero from that goal or desire. Over the last three weeks or so, battles were won and lost, lessons learned and perhaps love was found (or lost). Now it's time to start thinking about the road home.

Of course, a lot can happen in four days... and maybe your road still has one or two more twisty turns in store for your weary characters. But keep in mind all journeys come to an end and ours is just around the corner.

Questions? Comments? Travel tips? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 25 - 5 days remaining


Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

— Audrey Hepburn


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Today's word count is 41,675! And as the lady says, nothing is impossible - especially if you look at what you think is an impossible task in another way.

Think that you can't get it done because you don't have the time? Come at this from another direction and consider ways you might fit writing into five minutes of "re-purposed" time you already spend... waiting for an appointment, before class starts, during a coffee break, while the water boils for tea... Think about how many words you can write in five minutes and then multiply that by all the "five minutes" you might find in a day. It adds up.

Challenge yourself! Make it happen! And most importantly, don't give up! Because you can do it!

Questions? Comments? Today validation goes live on the NNWM site! If your word count is 50k or better, it time to run your work through the validator! For everyone else, the finish line is waiting for you... so keep writing!
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Day 24 - 6 days remaining


I may not use ten dollar words, but I use words which are
perfectly good, and what I write conveys meaning and feeling.


— Ernest Hemingway


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The word count today is 40,008! Another 10k-prize day! Yes, even this close to the end, you still deserve congratulations and recognition for what you have created so far! But it's not done yet!

Write! Write! Write! Don't spend time chasing after ten dollar words or trying to lay down perfect prose. Now's the time to capture the pure essence of your story - beginning, middle and end - in a butterfly net of creative joy and crazy, stupid love for your characters.

You can do it!

Questions? Comments? A ten dollar word to share? It's all efficacious - so keep writing!
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Day 23 - 7 days remaining


The true alchemists do not change lead into gold;
they change the world into words.


— William H. Gass


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The word count today is 38,341! Only seven days remain to complete this year's challenge - one week! But take heart! So much can happen in a week! So much is possible!

If you're on track or so close that the finish line is in sight, keep going! Now's not the time to take time off and relax, counting on making your word count at the last minute. If the way is clear, hit the gas and write out your climatic scene, let your protagonist strut his stuff and show us why he's one to get the job done.

If you're a little behind (or more), re-calculate your daily word count target and get it done! You can do it and you're the only one that can! Every story deserves an ending - good or otherwise - and this is the week to bring it!

It's also Back-It-Up Friday! Don't risk losing your hard work! Especially now as we're coming up on the finish line! Back it up!

Questions? Comments? Word counts to declare? It's all good, Nano Writer! So keep writing!
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Day 22 - 8 days remaining


After nourishment, shelter and companionship,
stories are the thing we need most in the world.


— Philip Pullman


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Today's word count is 36,674! Happy Thanksgiving to all who observe the holiday! And with that I'll leave you to your day!

Questions? Comments? Excerpts to share? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 21 - 9 days remaining


In art, something comes of nothing.
Out of the thin air and the ether, you
create a story.
And that is intensely satisfying.


— Yann Martel


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Today's word count is 35,007! And we're coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. People will be traveling, maybe visiting family or just taking a day or two off from school or work.

Whatever your plans - try to sneak in a little writing (or a lot) to catch up, move ahead or even finish your story. You are the only one that can bring your story "out of the thin air" whether that's done in a long 5k haul or in small, tiny writings while the kids nap, family is on the couch watching the game or on the bus/plane/train home or your home-away-from-home.

Questions? Comments? And if you're on the road (or soon will be), have a safe trip and Keep Writing!
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Day 20 - 10 days remaining


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

— Henry Ford


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Today's word count is 33,340 - are you keeping up? If not, take today's quotation to heart!

It's easy to become discouraged if your story stalled out or real life needed attention and now, everyday the daily word count looks more and more insurmountable.

But you can still do it! Nothing is impossible - you just need to look at the task at hand in a different way. If your word count seems stuck, subtract it from the daily count to get a more realistic idea for the task at hand. Then divide that by the days remaining (always available at the top of the day's post). Add the daily writing count which is 1,667 and that's your new daily target.

So instead of a hopeless 10,000 word deficit, focus on writing just a 1,000 more words a day. Add little more description to a scene, a longer conversation between characters, a new complication (pirates? ninja? zombies?)... and you've nailed it!

Questions? Comments? Pirates on the horizon? It's all good! So keep writing!
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Day 19 - 11 days remaining


No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be
anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock
news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.


― Ishmael Reed


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Today's word count is 31,673! By now, hopefully, you have a pretty good idea of what your story is about and what your protagonist is trying to accomplish and how it's going to get done.

But it's also possible that your story might have switched gears on you and you're heading down a different road, heading somewhere scary and unknown. Don't panic! Why not see where your story wants to go? It may surprise you.

Questions? Comments? Mr. Ian Woon sightings? It's all good - so keep writing!
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Day 18 - 12 days remaining


Writers fish for the right words like fishermen fish for, um,
whatever those aquatic creatures with fins and gills are called.


― Jarod Kintz


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Today’s word count is 30,006! And time for mini celebrations and "10k" prizes if you've got 'em. Mine is the two C's - chocolate and a chapter - a nice dark chocolate and a chapter (maybe two) of my current read - a little incentive to help reach for just a little more which can be hard after finishing a tough scene.

So how is everyone doing? Questions? Comments? Swedish Fish fans? It's all good, so keep writing Nano Writer!
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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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