NaNoWriMo Has Begun! ~ As a way to help support writer friends and readers we have a link-up to share.
What is it some may ask? ~ It’s National Novel Writing Month, and its a month long challenge for aspiring and actual novelists to create the basics of their book within a 30 day period.
The philosophy is that if you just write while turning off your inner editor and critic you can “write down the bones” of the novel that you have always planned on doing. The editing part comes later (well that’s the plan anyway).
For more of a description take a look at Layers of Thought’s interview with Crystal around her participation in the 2009 NaNoWriMo challenge.
Below are some of the participants I know of so that you too can take a look at their progress and perhaps connect? Share and care… or who knows.. get married find a new best friend goodness knows worse things have happened! *grin*
- Laurel Rain Snow at Creative Moments
- Jakob at Epic Plains
- Marissa Farrar at Something Wicked
- Robin at My Two Blessings
- Lisa at Biblophiliac
- Shane at NovelNaut
- Eileen Andrews
- Dolly at Writer Revealed
- Jen Knox
If you are part of this challenge and are a reader of Layers of Thought, a friend on twitter, or Goodreads, please please let me know so that I can include you in this link up and I can lurk around your updates.
(Badge to the right links to the challenge site if your interested in looking into it further for next year perhaps?)
Now some tip links and other fun stuff:
These are via GalleyCat which may be helpful:
- NaNoWriMo Tools and Tips
- Cliché Finder
- Don’t Finish
- Take the Fantasy Novelists Exam
- Random Name Generator
Amanda Makepeace’s – Writing on Wednesdays is a helpful feature for writers, where she links her favorite posts that she’s found around the blogosphere - all focused on writing.
For some musical inspiration John at Sci Fi Songs has a song he wrote about his NaNoWriMo experiences. How fun!
Looking toward the ending of this challenge ~ when you’re done with your draft from NaNoWriMo, what’s next? Jennifer Crusie recommends a revision course by Story Wonk. Crusie suggests signing up soon since the classes fill up fast. (Crusie has an upbeat and helpful writer’s blog which I recommend even if you don’t read chic lit or paranormal.)
Then there's the question “do I really want to write?” Publishing Perspectives suggests finding someone who cares.
Good luck to the current challenge takers. I will be lurking ~ happy writing!