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October 22, 2008

Nanowrimo help

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Does the idea of writing a complete book (or at least 50,000 words) in one short seem unbelievable difficult?

I’m sure that’s the reason many writers do not participate in Nanowrimo during the month of November.  Some will argue that they don’t work that way – scratching out more than 1500 words/day.  They worry about the quality of the writing.  Remember folks, this is just a first draft.  Chris Baty, Nano organizer and originator, isn’t claiming that by writing 50,000 words in a month, you’ll have the final, polished manuscript needed to attract a publisher.

Other writers just don’t believe they have the time to discipline themselves to write every day for a month on the same manuscript.  After all, they probably have full-time jobs or freelance projects that must take priority over this indulgence.

Well for those of you deciding to take the plunge, here are some resources that might help you prepare.  Remember, you still have 10 days.

Obviously, having an idea for a book is a must.  Hopefully you have a basic plot scratched out and your main characters picked and named. 

This year, I decided to try a genre I’ve never worked in before:  Chicklit.  I think I have a story that could be appealing to YA readers or adults and Nanowrimo will give me the kick in the pants I need to see where I can take this one.

So now that you’ve picked your genre, plot and characters, let’s see what else can help you realize the goal of creating this new manuscript in the month of November…

Check out these books listed at amazon (most likely you can go to your local library to get them if they can’t be delivered in enough time to read them before Nano begins)

Here’s a great blog with some useful info:  Nandini’s Niche

This novel help document is from the Zokutou conference in the UK.  It’s an interesting chart, giving you lots of avenues to explore.

Here’s a site that has some brainstorming ideas with Nanorwrimo writers in mind.

Here are the basics for a successful Nanowrimo.

Check out this article on character.
and this one on POV

Use the next 10 days to get organized and most of all to get psyched into achieving your Nanowrimo goal for this year.

Good luck!


  1. It’s a wonderful experience–I’m back for my second year, having won in 2007. Good luck and good writing!!

    babs1e at NaNoWriMo

    Comment by awalkabout — October 22, 2008 @ 3:45 PM | Reply

  2. I’m back for my 2nd year, too. Last year, I did about 36,000 words but really found out that the sequel I thought I wanted to write might not be such a great idea, so I think that’s why I wasn’t motivated to push through to the end.

    Comment by dramaquill — October 23, 2008 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

  3. Hi, here is some information on a political playw writing contest i thought that you and your readers might be interested in.

    The Castillo Theatre Launches the
    2009 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman
    Political Playwriting Contest

    The Castillo Theatre believes that theatre, at its best, is a playground of the social imagination. But in the sandbox of the American stage, our play has for too long been constrained by financial concerns dictated by a conservative political and cultural environment. There have been few forums for playwrights and plays that push the political and cultural envelope. The purpose of the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest is to encourage the writing of such plays and to provide a stage for scripts that, due to their progressive/radical and experimental vantage point(s), would not otherwise be produced.
    The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest was founded by its namesakes in 2004. Mario Fratti is the author of some 70 plays (the best-known being the award-winning musical Nine) which together have received a total of more than 600 productions internationally. Fred Newman is a philosopher, psychotherapist, political strategist, and author of over 30 postmodern political plays and musicals, and he is the retired artistic director of the Castillo Theatre.
    The contest is looking for scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions impacting on the world today. The plays should not have been previously produced, and may be in any style, set in any historical time or location, contain any number of characters, and be of any producible length. The plays must be in English and, due to production limitations, no musicals can be considered.
    The first-prize winner will receive a production by the Castillo Theatre at the All Stars Project on 42nd Street as part of its 2009-2010 season. Five runners-up will receive public readings at Castillo during the summer of 2009. The contest will be judged by a distinguished selection committee from the progressive and experimental theatre community.
    All submissions must be received, in English, by December 30, 2008. Hard copy only. Scripts will not be returned. Send all submissions to: Castillo Theatre ATTN: Political Playwriting Contest 543 West 42nd Street New York, N.Y. 10036
    Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Dan Friedman, dramaturg, via email: castillo@allstars.org.

    Comment by lorna — October 28, 2008 @ 4:15 PM | Reply

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