Canada :: Alberta :: Elsewhere
20 days agoOne more week! Congrats to those of you who've already finished (I see you, aka-click!)!!
For the rest of us ... don't give up!! It's kind of astonishing how many words you can get in a day when you're motivated. Make a commitment on the "Last Week Rally for the Win!" thread. Go check out Dr. Wicked's Write or Die (link in the thread) or the Word Wars, Prompts and Sprints discussion in Life During Nano or @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter. And let's win this thing!
about 1 month agoIt's November 1. Have you started your novel? Why the heck not? :-)
We are done planning. If you haven't already, lock up your Inner Editor (you won't need her this month), and go joyfully and fearlessly to your blank page or computer screen. Worry not about writing crap -- we celebrate crap!
For this month, it is all about the word count. Never use a period when you can use a comma with a contraction, and make the sentence longer! Gleefully overuse those horribly tired and overdone adverbs and adjectives. Banish all contractions for the nonce! Lift those redundant phrases (like "period of time") off the shelf and wield them courageously.
It's November 1! All* we care about is quantity. So rack up those numbers with pride and kick your perfectionist in the buttocks. So there!
(*Actually? Some of us DO care about quality. But not this month! We cheerfully write crap this month, knowing we can always edit it in December.)
about 1 month agoCountdown to Midnight starts in T-minus ... T-minus ... Oh, heck, my math is terrible. Starts one week from today!
Official notice: you have one more week to finish your planning and plotting, and then it'll be time to let those fingers dance on the keyboard! Use it well.
about 1 month agoJust a quick reminder that we're having a virtual workshop on Plot Planning tonight in our chatroom. It's for writers who have no idea what to write, who have a story idea but aren't sure how to structure a novel, who know all about novel planning but love the conversation, or who just don't have any place else to be at 8 p.m. this evening.
Join us in the Wrimosaurs on a Wrampage Chatroom! You can find it by clicking on the website link in the righthand side bar.
2 months agoLook at this slick new interface! Lots of glorious white space, just waiting to be filled with information about you and your new novel, not to mention big empty rooms that yearn for some animated conversation. Warm up your fingers and start typing!
3 months agoGentlemen, start your ... Oh, wait! Don't start your engine just yet.
But this is a great time to line up your ducks. Make all those appointments (oil change, dentist, massage therapist) in October, so you won't have to stop writing for a moment in November. And plan all you like -- develop characters, write plotlines and chapter outlines, build your world. If you want some help, check out our website (in the Links section to the right).
Come November 1, it's adventure-time all over again!
about 1 year agoAll right, Wrimosaurs! Last day!! If you're sprinting for the finish line, give it everything you've got. You can always sleep Saturday.
GO! GO! GO!!!
about 1 year agoOK, this is the downhill sprint. Nano ends one week from today. If you're close, make that extra push. It's worth it!
If you're not close, but you don't want to give up on the 50K, it's still possible. Check out my post on "Struggling with Word count."
If you're not close and don't think you can reach it at all, do the sprint anyway, and get as far as you can. However many words you write this week are words you would not have written without Nano and without this final sprint. Go for the double digits! Or go for the next round 10,000 (i.e. 20K, 30K, etc., depending on where you are).
about 1 year agoJust a quick note: today is Donation Day. Nanowrimo is run entirely on donations and volunteer hours. If Nano has been of value to you, please consider giving back whatever you can.
(AND! There are prizes! Including two Kindles to be given away!)
To donate, just click "Donate" on the far right of your menu bar.
about 1 year agoToday is Backup Your Novel Day! Don't fail this important task -- I say this as someone who lost an entire draft once when a hard drive failed.
about 1 year agoAaaanndd so it begins. The frantic race to 50K.
Try to hit 2,000 a day, just in case. But don't panic if you fall behind: Word Wars are a great way to catch up, and we'll be doing them in the chatroom every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.
Look also for local events in your community's thread. And let me know via Nanomail if you want anything added to the regional calendar.
about 1 year agoJoin us for a Virtual Kickoff Party/Countdown to Midnight from 10 p.m. until midnight on Halloween in the chatroom on our website (or watch the forum below for updates). We'll chat about writing, maybe play a game or two, and introduce ourselves -- and at midnight, we'll start writing.
about 1 year agoWe have a website! And a chatroom! aka-click has been working hard for several days to get them up and running, and they're fabulous!
Click on Wrimosaurs on a Wrampage here or in the Links to the right. Let's talk about writing!
And make sure you come back to the chatroom tomorrow, Sunday, at 2 p.m. for our Quick & Dirty Plot Planning Workshop!
BIG thanks to aka-click!!
about 1 year agoSeven days left to plan! One week from today, it's the end of your life as you know it (with apologies to R.E.M.). You ready?
about 1 year agoWelcome, wrimosaurs! Please pop into the "Introductions" thread and say hello.
And to keep in contact, affiliate with the Canada::Alberta::Elsewhere region. Also, please make it your home region so your words and donations count in our totals. Thanks!
Oh, and put in your two cents in "Virtual Events!" Hope to "see" you at an event soon!
about 1 year agoReady to start the adventure? Whether your an old-timer or brand new at this Novel Writing thing, we've got a place and a welcome for you!
about 2 years agoWe won the Derby Donation for our league!! Congratulations, you guys.
If you're a sucker for stats, like me, it's all below in the post about the Derby.
about 2 years agoWhew! That was exhausting. And fun. Thanks, guys.
Next year? Same time, same place? It's a date!
If you've been thinking of donating but haven't gotten around to it, please do so before you disappear. Nano is run entirely by donations and volunteers. If you can't -- no worries. :-)
I see Faecanuck has suggested an online meeting Sunday afternoon for anyone who wants regular encouragement and help throughout the year. Pop in if that's something you're interested in.
In the meantime, let your inner editor out of cellar. Help her dust off her clothing and dignity. She can be an asset now instead of just a pain in the assets.
So ... Happy editing! See you next year!
about 2 years agoQuick reminder, and then I'm back to furious novelizing: TODAY'S THE DAY! To get a coveted purple bar, you have to finish your 50K words by midnight TONIGHT.
Make sure you validate! You can't go purple without validating. I recommend you do it by 11 p.m., in case there's a run on the validator, and I recommend having a few extra words because word counters do vary. You can find the Validator on your "Edit My Novel" page (under "My NaNoWriMo" on the menu bar).
But if you're like me, close but not there yet ... what the heck are you doing here? Go back your manuscript and write!
about 2 years agoOne more week! Can you feel December 1 breathing hot on your neck? Boy, I can.
If you're done, congratulations! I'm doing the happy dance for you!
Forgive, though, if I'm doing it at my computer, still writing furiously. But I have a ways to go, so I can't stop, not even to dance.
If you're like me? Don't give up! You still have a week. Let's push to that glorious 50K together.
about 2 years agoWhoops! We missed Donation Day. But it's not too late!
Remember: Nanowrimo is supported entirely by donations and merchandise sales, so take a short break from writing to dig under the sofa cushions and check the pockets of your coats for loose change. Even if it's only a few Loonies, it'll help. Or pick up something in the store -- those ceramic coffee mugs are fabulous!
Then ... back to writing! Nose to the grindstone, bum in the chair, hands on the keyboard, brain ... where the heck your characters take it.
about 2 years agoIt's Back Up Your Novel Again Day! You don't wanna lose all those sparkling new words!
about 2 years agoFeeling discouraged? Don't worry. It's probably just Week 2 Blues. They're normal. We all feel them.
It helps to meet with other writers at Write-Ins or in the ChatNano room. Or post here about your woes (or crow about successes). And just keep plugging away. Any words you write this month are words you would not have written without Nano. So if your word count is anything more than zero, you're ahead. If it's zero? What're you waiting for?!
about 2 years agoBack Up Your Novel Day! If you haven't already backed up your shiny new words, do it now. You don't want to lose them.
about 2 years agoIt's time! Put your fingers on the keys and let them fly!
about 2 years agoOur next event -- heck, the start of Nano itself! -- is only hours away! Plan to attend our Virtual Kick Off Party at 10 p.m. Halloween night. We'll play a game or two, talk a bit, and collect Virtual Goody Bags. Watch the forum for instructions on how to access the chat room. And be ready to start writing with us at midnight!
about 2 years agoTwo more days! Are YOU ready?
If not, come out to a plotting party in Medicine Hat, Red Deer or Spruce Grove. Hope to also see you at 10 p.m. Monday online at the Virtual KickOff!
about 2 years agoReady or not, here it comes! We've only one week left to finish planning before it's time to write furiously, plot or no plot.
Think about coming out to the Plot Warm-up Saturday afternoon if you're near Medicine Hat, or the Virtual Kick-Off Halloween night regardless where you are. Or if you're feeling lonely in your corner of our big, old province, post some flyers to try to drum up some cohorts.
Regardless, get ready! November is nearly here!
about 2 years agoWelcome to our shiny, new home! Be patient while we bustle around, rearranging furniture and hanging pictures. But don't let the disarray stop you -- come in and make yourself comfortable.
Oh, and congratulations! Whether it's your first attempt or your tenth, writing a novel in a month is an exciting undertaking (and a bit threatening too). But we can help.
You've got a few weeks though. Spend some time developing your characters and writing an outline if you use one. Cruise the forums -- there's great advice there, not to mention a contagious, building energy. Post a pic, so we can get to know you.
And be listening for that announcement to buckle up and raise your seat-backs and tray tables to their upright position because I can hear the engines warming up. We're going for a ride!
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