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28th-Oct-2010 02:09 pm - Boot Camp Day 5
New nazi
Three more days!! You only have three more days to get into shape!

There are no winners from yesterday, but there are still three prompts to go!

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27th-Oct-2010 12:59 pm - Boot Camp Day 4
We have our first winner! carmensophia completed yesterday's challege with 338 words in five minutes! Woohoo!

Never fear, there are more challenge to come. I have faith in all of you!

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26th-Oct-2010 01:10 pm - Boot Camp Day 3
Currently, no winners.

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25th-Oct-2010 01:04 pm - Boot Camp Day 2
Since no one answered yesterday's question/prompt yet, I'll leave it up until tomorrow.

Winners for both Sunday and Monday prompts will be announced

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24th-Oct-2010 10:54 pm - Welcome to Boot Camp
New nazi
Listen up you Wrimos! It is time to get serious! I've got seven days to whip those fingers and creative minds into shape!

Every day for the next week, I will provide you with a prompt and a time limit. I'm trusting you use the honor system, but I hope that the prompts will help you get into the spirit and the mind frame for NaNoWriMo.


Part of the challenge is to write as much as possible during the allotted time.

Each prompt will be under a cut, so you must enter the thread in order to read the prompt. Time starts when you read the prompt.

You must post your response in a comment and submit it WITHOUT spell checking. (Sorry guys!)

Winners will be announced before the next prompt.

Normally, prompts will be up for 24 hours, but tonight's prompt will only be up for 12 before winners are announced.

So are you ready to NaNo?!

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19th-Oct-2010 10:27 am - How's everyone doing?
October is half over...it means November is almost there!!! SQUEEE!

Honestly, I've been far too excite for words these days. Well, I'm trying to organize my calendar of write-ins and meet ups, which got me thinking...

Where is the best place for you to write?

What about the time of the day?
11th-Oct-2010 08:40 pm - MUST READ!
The first NaNo novel I finished spent the last two years in editing and passing hands to close friends until earlier this year, I decided to take plans to publish it. So, as part of the 'getting ready to publish my book' research, I came across a literary agent's blog and he is wonderful. I would recommend anyone to read him.

He has a guest writer today who wrote the most prefect NaNo piece ever! It's call Nine Stages of Dating a Novel. Go! Read! Enjoy!
7th-Oct-2010 10:23 am - Who's your....
Every year my office throws a themed Halloween party. This year we are celebrating the villains out there, which got me thinking...

Who is the villain/antagonist in your story?

How do they become the villain in your story?

I have two in my book; one who is a murderer and the other is out for revenge...MWHAHAHA
5th-Oct-2010 08:47 am - NaNo!
It is October, which means NaNo is right around the corner!

I can't believe it is coming so quickly! In case you haven't seen it, wrimobuddies is featured this week. My intro is here. Is anyone else a part of the comm?

Since there are 26 days left until November. Tell me what do you do to get ready? Do you plot? Outline? Hide in a corner until someone drags you out kicking and screaming?

Tell me!
20th-Sep-2010 08:39 am - Holy Mother of Merlin!
There are only 41 more days til NaNo 2010, can any of you believe that? I swear I just finished NaNo '09 yesterday!

How is everyone doing? Anyone already getting excited? What about ideas? Who plans on writing this year?

Sorry about the bombardment of questions, but I've been looking forward to NaNo all year. So, probably later this week, I will do an 2010 intro post and you can add to it or post your own. I want to hear what everyone has planned for this year.
30th-Oct-2009 08:04 pm - Counting Down
once and future queen
And scared outta my wits...

This is the first time since my first NaNo that I'm going in with essentially no plot and in a little more than 24 hours, I'm expecting myself to write a novel. YIKES!

How are you all doing with your NaNo prep??
26th-Oct-2009 10:35 am - SRLY?!
Is it November yet?!

For those who attended the kick-off party, WOOT! It was great meeting you all and if I didn't meet you, I'm sure I'll see you around.

Anywho, just being around all the other DC Nano-ers made me more excited for this coming year and yes Day Lights Savings begins November 1! How boss is that?!

So question for all of you, if they made a movie of your Nano Novel, who would be in your cast? Post pics if you have any. I'd love to see what inspires you.

I'll post mine here later.

6 days and counting...
15th-Oct-2009 03:50 pm - Curious and Curiouser...
inside each woman is a warrior
I'm curious; what are you all writing about this year? Do you have too many plots floating around in your heads or are you clear on what you want to write at this point? Do you have absolutely no idea what to write about?

Do you prefer to plot now or let the plot bunnies take you where they will when you get there?

Personally, I'm itching to write. I don't have a definitive plot, but I do have characters, a setting, and a general idea/theme for my novel. I'm currently struggling with what kind of voice to use and which point of view I'll be writing from, but I'll figure it out eventually. I hope. :P
14th-Oct-2009 03:22 pm - Resources Post
once and future queen


  • CreateSpace: CreateSpace is the place to go once you've completed your novel and you want to look into publishing. CreateSpace and National Novel Writing Month are proud to once again offer each NaNoWriMo winner a free proof copy of your manuscript in paperback book form. Once you have your proof copy, you can then choose if you want to make it available to the public at large-everything from showing up for sale on Amazon.com to complete invisibility. Sign up for a free CreateSpace account to get started. To access your unique promotional code needed to redeem your free proof copy, sign in to the NaNoWriMo site, and head to the "I Wrote a Novel, Now What?" page. If you are logged in and a winner, you will see a secret CreateSpace code there. Promotional codes will be available on the NaNoWriMo site beginning December 2, 2009. These codes are valid through June 30, 2010.

  • NaNoWriMo Report Card: A handy dandy little tool from syntheticjesso. She put together a little Excel spreadsheet that tracks your progress from day to day and lets you know whether you're on track, falling dangerously behind, or flying forward with reckless abandon. If you're interested in downloading, there is a version with scene information here and one without here. If you'd like a longer explanation, you can find the original post in the nanowrimo community here.

  • Write or Die: Dr. Wicked's Write or Die makes it near impossible to stop writing. Input your word goal, grace period, mode, and time and Write or Die supplies you with audio and/or visual stimulation to get it done. This web application encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences.


  • Jer's Novel Writer: Free (or by donation) novel-writing software built specifically for projects like NaNoWriMo for Macs. Jer's Novel Writer offers outlining, full-screen mode (for minimal distractions), margin notes, word count, and database (to keep track of characters, places, and other small details).

  • Liquid Story Binder: Liquid Story Binder XE for Windows is a uniquely designed word processor for professional and aspiring authors, poets, and novelists. Writing software for those who require the editing ability of a commercial text editor as well as a document tracking system. It is for those who want the freedom to create, outline and revise but are tired of losing track of their work. Liquid Story Binder is a shareware product. You can download it absolutely free, with no restrictions or limitations. It is completely functional with all available features included within the download. Yet, after a period of 30 non-consecutive days of use, Liquid Story Binder will cease to work.If you like what you see, return to our website and purchase your $45.95 registration key. The code will be sent to you by email.

  • Scrivener: This novel-writing software for Mac costs $39.95, but offers a free 30-day trial. With Scrivener, you can keep images, sound files, web pages, and documents all in one place for ease of research. It includes outline and cork board tools for plotting and details. It also offers a full-screen mode. This year, there is also a special offer for NaNoWriMos.

  • Q10 - Q10 is a very simple text editor that is full screen by default (and you can change around the bg/text colors, as well the the formatting, first-line indents and all that), tracks your word count and gives you your % of your goal; you can also set separate word counters to track your progress from a certain point, which is great for word wars :) (there's also an alarm for that). You can install it onto a usb with PortableApps, too...Oh, and there's typewriter sound effects!

  • yWriter: Free novel-writing software for Win98 and above.

NOTE: adamas reminded me to post about the NaNoWriMo Report Card, so I thought I'd open this post up for any and all NaNo-related resources. What kind of software do you use? Do you have resources for names/places? Use a specific thesaurus or dictionary? Where do you find plot elements? Any and all resources can be posted here in the comments. I'll update the entry with an actual list of resources as the comments come in so we can have them all in one place!
7th-Oct-2009 09:38 pm - *waves*
I'm 93% sure I'll be moving to DC right before Nano begins so I'm hoping I'll learn about some write-ins, or something... I've been following Northern Virginia (because that's where I live now) so I am completely unhip to how DC Nanoites work this stuff out (I mean, I don't even know if the neighborhood I'm potentially moving to has a 'nickname' except maybe 'shady'). :)

So, hi! This is my 4th year doing Nanowrimo, 2-time winner, and my name on the site is amateras. I'll be writing a steampunk historical this year (last year I did historical and really enjoyed it, but this year thought I'd expand on a character I've been thinking about all year, who happens to have a little steam in her). :)

I'm a bookseller at Barnes&Noble, training to be lead in the Children's department (because I am clearly insane), but I also like fun crafty stuff like creative baking, sewing, painting, cross-stitching (okay, I admit I haven't made anything in a year), photography, altered art, and... Stuff like that. I also partake in freelance web design, occasionally.

Super looking forward to Nano this year! It's going to be more fun than ever, because I'll make it so.
6th-Oct-2009 12:11 pm - Welcome to the Game: Intro Post!
once and future queen
It's that time of year again! We're all gearing up for NaNoWriMo and we figured we'd reintroduce to you our fabulous moderators three:

seakisst is first and foremost a visual artist, a voracious reader, and Twitter addict. She lives in a row house with bohemian friends and delights in good food, bright clothing, and imbibing delicious wine and beer.

SaraKate, here. The first of your three very talented, excited, and dedicated moderators for the dcnano community. When I'm not administering grant funding to social workers for aging research (my day job), I spend my time blogging about art, design, photography, social media, and web development at my Wordpress blog, journaling both online and off, creating crafty things, drawing, cooking, baking, smoking shisha, playing Wii games with my friends and spending time with my sweetheart, affectionately called Angelus. Though I'm a bit older than the other two moderators, we did attend school together at American University, which is how I found myself in DC after growing up in Maine and living in Germany. During college, I spent a semester in Jordan and fell in love with the Middle East. I've been living in DC since 2002 and writing with DC Wrimos since 2005 (you can find me on the NaNo boards under the name cloverdew). Though I've not yet "won" during NaNoWriMo, I have grown exponentially as a writer and look forward to doing better than ever before this year.

My plans for this year's novel are quite vague at this point. I have been introduced to my three main characters and am familiar with my setting (Salem, MA). The story revolves around three friends/acquaintences of high school age and will be set in the modern era, but I'm attempting a noir/gothic/horror feel involving themes of the occult. Currently, the plan is to have the story take place over three nights (All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day). It should be quite the adventure!

adamas is a music-obsessed, shiny new quarter-life crisis owning, policy dork/analyst in Petworth/Columbia Heights. She has four insane housemates, too many books for her tiny basement bedroom, and a very demanding cat named Puppy.

Hi! Pasted here. I'm incredibly excited to be doing NaNoWriMo this year (my 6th? 7th? *shrug*) and to see people coming out in DC for the torture fun! The community here in the city is just wonderful and I've missed everyone a lot this year as campaigning, opera (at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop), guitar lessons, Twitter, music blogging, road trips, and RPing (at Breaking Point) have sort of taking over my brain and 'writing' hasn't been a top priority. All of that changes with November! The details: I'm 25, an alumna of American University (which is how I made my way here from Maine & Boston in the first place), and I've been in DC since 2002. Most of that time I lived in Dupont (thus my NaNoWriMo boards name: littledupont). I can be found at pasted.livejournal.com; atlimbo.wordpress.com; and @atlimbo via twitter. Please don't be shy, I'm ecstatic to be meeting new people and to get the DC love of NaNo roaring again!

rosaline924 is one of the founders and resides on the board of the Rhodora Theatre Company which will be presenting Agnes of God the first two weekends of November. She will be a stage managing the production, so she plans on getting lots of writing done in morning before work and during her lunch break.

I'm Erica aka Rosaline924, both here and on the NaNo site; feel free to add me as a writing buddy. This will be my 6th year participating in NaNo; I won the last two years and have every intention of winning again this year. I have a very eclectic taste in books from intense thrillers to young adult to fantasy to romance to non fiction to graphic novels. I love to read and write, writing at least a few hundred words a day just to stay in shape. This year I will be writing the squeal to my first completed NaNo, which is titled But Words Can Never Die. This year's book is called Camp Dead End, both stories of young adult mysteries inspired by Nancy Drew. My non-writing activities include cross-stitching, walking and theatre.

We're hoping to have quite the active online community this fall, so please, don't be shy. Introduce yourselves. Tell us what brings you here, why you want to NaNo, and a little about yourselves! Welcome to the game!
29th-Jul-2009 10:18 am - It's Almost That Time Again!
that was such a high
I bet you all forgot about this community, huh? Well, we're still here... and, since Chris Baty just sent an email in anticipation of this year's NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd just post a quick little entry here and see if you all are planning on doing NaNoWriMo this year and if you'd be interested in pre-NaNo meet-ups and/or write-ins.

Do you already know what you'll write about or is it too soon to plan? Have you bought a new Moleskine in preparation for the big month? Tell me what's goin' on in the world of DC NaNoers!
5th-Nov-2008 07:57 pm - The Latest
Before I get my writing in for tonight, just wanted to do a quick update - how is everyone's wordcount going?

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8,494 / 50,000
2nd-Nov-2008 11:35 pm - Checking In
that was such a high
Hey, all... just checking in with you. I've been happily writing and am off to a good start. I'm trying to be optimistic because my word count is ahead of the minimum, but I've never won before, so I'm still writing as obsessively as possible. I'm ignoring lots of other things, as most WriMos do this month.

How are you all doing? How are you rewarding yourselves for a job well done? Are you lot going to be watching election results on Tuesday or will you be sitting at your computer, frantically writing your novel?! Inquiring minds want to know. ;)
31st-Oct-2008 11:56 am - Last question
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