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November 1, 2012


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Ready for NaNoWriMo yet?

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 5:45 PM

So it's National Novel Writing Month! :dummy:
I know you're all pretty tired of seeing NaNo blogs pop up everywhere and that's why this blog is only a recollection of resources that can help all of you with your novel, instead of our own thing about it; dA is so full of useful stuff that it feels like community spirit to link to those instead of making our own that would just be a copy of those.
We'll not only be listing them, anyway, we'll briefly explain what each article is about so you don't need to go through the ones that don't interest you. ;)

First off, already linked above, . If you haven't yet, you need to get an account there and start going. There are a lot of deviants that are there, and if you're registered there let us know! We'll be keeping a list here for you to find friends. (: for NaNo writers, this website is Home.

Directly from deviantART, the ever-awesome GrimFace242 wrote two amazing articles regarding this challenge:

Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 1  outlines what are the best things you can and should do, both before and during NaNo. Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2, on the other side, explains what NOT to do and that's as important. :heart: be sure to check them out, they're very well-written and so many great deviants gave their contributions! (:

PinkyMcCoversong has a number of articles you'll want to check out. First, Suck it up, weenies - A short treatise on NaNoWriMo; which basically shows you why being so insecure about whether to participate or not is really silly. So if you still haven't picked a side, that's the article for you! :D

Always from her is a lovely journal, complete with funny but useful pictures,  Get a Jump on NaNoWriMo 2012: Prewriting Prowess!. It describes how she structures her notesbook to keep track of everything, and it's definitely a great idea for writers who deal with NaNo for the first time.

And lastly from her, NaNo Pro Tip: Be Accountable (Got Peer Pressure?) has lots of tips to keep you motivated throughout the month. NaNo is to be lived together! And there's nothing like followers and friends to help you get to the end of it. (:

CRLiterature will be hosting a series of NaNo chats in their chatroom, HERE is the schedule. :heart:

The NaNoWriMo website has a lot of amazing things to read from, THIS is one of them. Authors' insight, encouragement and inspirational tips for all of you NaNo-ers out there. (: If you're feeling stuck or just lost, that's where you can find your confidence again.

:spotlight-left: are you under 13 and still want to give National Novel Writing Month a try? Be sure to check Young Writers' Program out. :eyes: you can set your own word goal. And there's an awesome dare machine widget there to get you started, too. :giggle:

ML-Larson wrote an article with some helpful links and tools, read it HERE. It was written in 2009, but even if some of the links are ones we already provided, it's still worth a read: "Write or Die" is a pretty interesting site that is mentioned there, and also word meters.

The NaNoWriMo chatroom is a place to go to meet new friends, help each other out or just share stories. There's nothing like support from people who're in your same boat. :la:

And these are some groups you could join:


And last but not least, we have a folder available for your NaNoWriMo submissions in our Favourites folder and also one for NaNoWriMo Resources from all over deviantART. Want your work included or know of resources that deserve to be added there? Send us a note! :note: We won't be offering feedback for it officially, but any member is welcome to would they wish to. (:

Good luck to all of you with your novel and most of all, ENJOY National Novel Writing Month! :heart:

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The-Unavenged Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm doing it for the first time this year! But it's starting off a little rough, but I have a lot of support!
vital-organs Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yep, I'm doing NaNo again this year as well! Thanks for all the links! I'll have to peruse them in length when I finish my wordcount and various other duties for the day. (:

And yes, I spy "Write or Die". LOVE that site! Now if we could actually set up something for the strictest mode. Electric shocks might be the only thing to keep my fingers moving sometimes.
Solarune Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   Writer
Great blog! :clap:
:whisper: just one thing – as far as I know you can actually participate in NaNo from the age of 13, so the people who can ONLY participate in the YWP would be those under 13, but if you're aged between 13 and 18 you can either participate in either NaNo or the YWP. Unless they've changed the rules? :XD:
HtBlack Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
:giggle: you're most probably right, and I either read wrong or something. I'm going to check and correct.
Solarune Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Writer
:XD: I tried to when I posted this comment, but the site was down; early-NaNo-heavy-traffic, I guess.
HtBlack Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
:XD: indeed.
Dragonfoxing Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Time to end day one with a fresh mind and get two runs in one go. :>
HtBlack Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
:highfive: get going!
RebbieChan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm hoping for 6K today, so far only have 1k. This is going to be hard with all these exams...
HtBlack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
You'll need all the motivation you can get, then. :heart: and I'm sure you'll make it.
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