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NaNo is coming! NaNo is coming!

The forum reset is October 5th

(yes, this Monday!)

so hurry after and update your profile with this year’s novel information!

You don’t want to be left out – NaNoLag is a terrible thing!

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October Writing Challenge

Welcome back for another Writing Challenge Sunday.  In the U.S., October is mostly known for the holiday, Halloween.  Children (and adults) dress up and walk from house to house, knocking on doors and asking for candy with the phrase “Trick or Treat!”  Imagine if your child came upon this house at the end of the neighborhood.  Or perhaps you as a child, or even you as an adult!  Would you dare?

Here are the rules:  Using the photo below and any caption, write a scene, short story or excerpt.  If you post it online, please add a link to the webpage it resides in the comments.  Do not post the entire scene, etc. in the comment, just the link to it.

Creepy!
Photo courtesy of Google+

Which do you prefer?

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” ~ Isaac Asimov

There is an interesting challenge going around – handwriting your novel instead of typing it.  The basic premise behind handwriting a novel is this: the slower pace creates a better story and in transcribing it afterward to the computer you are already performing your first edit.

Of course, that means for you outliners/plotters of NaNo it requires a bit more pre-planning than normal, allocating pages per scene, etc.  And for you freewriters/pantsers, you could really write yourself into a black hole and have to come up with some wild and crazy way to redeem your story.  Both varieties mean an increase in pen and paper consumption (stock in Staples anyone?) and perhaps even some muscle rub for the overused writing hand. But it could be fun.  No, really.  NaNo is all about getting the story out and not deleting anything.  What better way to not delete than by handwriting?  You might have to get creative and find paper you’re more likely to not tear up and throw away (composition books?), but you get to use all kinds of cool, colorful pens and pencils.  I prefer flat-nibbed fountain pens myself.  The writing looks so elegant; just don’t read it.

Your clever MLs (us) even have a NaNo approved way of verifying your word count should you hand write your story this year.  Plus, we can give you a math formula to calculate WPM so you can participate in Word Wars.  The choice is really up to you.

What is your favorite way to write, and why?

*For more information about handwriting vs keyboarding, visit the links listed below.

Dan Absalonson:  http://www.dandantheartman.com/p/novel-experiment.html

Kelly Thompkins:  http://justkellyswritingblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/nanowrimo-project-update.html

Fountain Pen Network:  http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?/topic/98054-writing-fiction-longhand/

Patrick McLean:  http://www.patrickemclean.com/2009/01/a-defense-of-writing-longhand-2/

“Make ’em laugh….”

NaNo is stressful, let’s not disemble. It really is. Sure it is fun and outrageous and glorious and satisfying when done, but it is also stressful. How do you manage it? Well, one thing I recommend is viewing the daily NaNoToons by Errol Elumir.

Nanotoons: October 19, 2011

Errol captures the wonderment of new Wrimos, the excitement of returning Wrimos, and yes, the stress of the MLs. It is, to borrow a well-used phrase, “a breath of fresh air” and a burst of happiness captured in four panels.

Go, laugh a little – you might be surprised at how familiar those characters are. And yes, Dave. We are all crazy.

We’ve arrived! Have you?

Thanks to our awesome semi-techy Kristy Carey for setting up our brand new website!  Come back often and check for updates.  In the meantime, leave us your webpage in the comments and we’ll reciprocate.  =)