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Day 30 - it's down to the wire...


It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

- Ursula K. LeGuin

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And what a journey it_has_been... )
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Day 29 - 1 day remaining


In baseball you get three strikes and you’re out.
In writing you get as many whacks at the ball as you want
until you finally get a hit.


- Tomie dePaola

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The_bases_are_loaded... )

Made it!

Nov. 28th, 2009 09:08 pm
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50165 words at 9:02 om central time!

Zoot!
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Day 28 - 2 days remaining


Imagine yourself at your kitchen table, in your pajamas.
Imagine one person you’d allow to see you that way,
and write in the voice you’d use to that friend.


- Sandra Cisneros

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So why don't you pour_yourself_a_nice_cuppa... )
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Day 27 - 3 days remaining


Sleep on your writing; take a walk over it; scrutinize it of a morning; review it of an afternoon; digest it after a meal; let it sleep in your drawer a twelvemonth; never venture a whisper about it to your friend, if he be an author especially.

~ A. Bronson Alcott

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So_write! )
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Day 26 - 4 days remaining


When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: "House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day."

- Neil Gaiman

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O_RLY? )
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Day 25 - 5 days remaining


The only true creative aspect of (novel) writing is the first draft. That's when it's coming straight from your head and your heart, a direct tapping of the unconscious. The rest is donkey work.

- Evan Hunter (Ed McBain)

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And how flow the_words_today? )
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Day 24 - 6 days remaining


Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

~ Anton Chekhov

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And a side benefit of Master_Chekhov's_advice.... )
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Day 23 - 7 days remaining


Eventually quantity will make for quality.

- Ray Bradbury

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This is the start of the final_week! )
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Day 22 - 8 days remaining


Why write?

The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it's about and why you're doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and you get to feel like both the creator and the audience. Everything is suddenly both obvious and surprising ("but of course that's why he was doing that, and that means that...") and it's magic and wonderful and strange.

You don't live there always when you write. Mostly it's a long hard walk. Sometimes it's a trudge through fog and you're scared you've lost your way and can't remember why you set out in the first place.

But sometimes you fly, and that pays for everything.

- Neil Gaiman

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Was today a long hard walk, Nano Writer or was it a_day_for_flying? )
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Day 21 - 9 days remaining


Never look at a blank page for more than two minutes. Write something. Anything. Even garbage will get your neurons firing. Eventually it's apt to morph into something useful.

- Liz Carlyle

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The quick brown fox jumps over the_lazy_dog )
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Day 20 - 10 days remaining


To tend, unfailingly, unflinchingly, towards a goal, is the secret of success.

- Anna Pavlova

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As to what that goal_is... )
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Day 19 - 11 days remaining


The first draft is all creative stuff that comes to us, often as a surprise. There's nothing like reading what you wrote and mumbling, "Wow. I wrote that!" Let your stream of consciousness flow, and the words will appear on your monitor.

- Lori Avocato

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They may be few and far between but a wow_day_is... )
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Day 18 - 12 days remaining


I do not like to write - I like to have written.

~ Gloria Steinem

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Enough said, am_I_right? )
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Day 17 - 13 days remaining


When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.


~ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

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Is it time for a little word_padding? )
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Day 16 - 14 days remaining


I ask myself, "What is the next sentence?" That's all I have to write, and it's good for me to remember it. And when I focus on that, my inner critic seems to drift away.

- Ed Gaffney

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And your next sentence? )
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Day 15 - 15 days remaining


To avoid writer's block, at the end of a writing day, regardless of how wiped-out you are, start the next day's work. Type a few sentences, even a few words. Even if what you noted is dead wrong, you've given yourself a place to start.

- Gregory McDonald

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And as we start into the third_week... )
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Day 14 - 16 days remaining


Don't edit as you write. According to right brain/left brain students, your right brain allows you to dash off stuff uncritically. Let the right brain help you get a chapter or so written, then at a different time, let your left brain loose to edit.

- Cynthia Riggs

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Stop! Take your finger off that backspace_key! )
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Day 13 - 17 days remaining


Conflict makes a great story. No conflict - no story.
Don't take it easy on your characters. Make them suffer and bleed.


- Cinda Williams Chima

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It's Friday the 13th! How was your character's_luck_today? )
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Day 12 - 18 days remaining


Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

~ E.L. Doctorow

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So do your friends think that you're a bit crazy,_Nano_Writer? )

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