Saturday, October 31, 2009

... new beginnings

... new beginnings: "NaNoWriMo

Tomorrow it starts. Thirty days of frantic writing and, towards the end, hurting hands. It will be crazy, it will be scary, it will be tiring, but most of all it will be fun. The 1st of December I will, hopefully, have accomplished it again. Winning NaNoWriMo. Last year was amazing. The trills of watching the word count go up. The stress when it doesn’t go up, or it doesn’t go up fast enough.
I will still need to look decent and fresh for work and I will need to pay attention to the customers problems, even though it will be hard. For I will also write during work. After work. Maybe even in the bus to and from work."

Friday, October 30, 2009

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month: "Geeking out with NaNo geo stats, city-style

As promised yesterday, here are the Top 50 NaNoWriMo cities, measured by traffic to our site over the last month. In total, we had 12,983 cities and towns send their inhabitants to NaNoland in October!

In 12,983rd place was a town called Dinosaur, where a single citizen stumbled onto the site on October 20th, spent 20 minutes browsing five pages, then wandered back out into the night, never to be seen again.

We miss you, Dinosaur citizen.

Anyway, here they are! Thank you, Google Analytics for allowing us this moment of nerddom!


London 31,407
New York 18,168
Sydney 12,373
Los Angeles 10,466
Seattle 10,054
Melbourne 10,032
Portland 9431
(not set) 9171
San Francisco 8378
Chicago 8213
Denver 7358
Minneapolis 7043
Houston 5150
St Louis 5136
Atlanta 5131
Brisbane 5107
Austin 5086
Eugene 5035
Don Mills 4993
Edmonton 4808
Washington 4630
Calgary 4469
Dallas 4047
Manchester 3816
Birmingham 3753
Ottawa 3694
Perth 3670
Philadelphia 3595
Sacramento 3528
Phoenix 3521
Columbus 3476
San Antonio 3435
Albuquerque 3402
Dublin 3313
Indianapolis 3295
Helsinki 3170
Tucson 3123
Vancouver 3103
Pittsburgh 3095
Nashville 3087
San Jose 3056
Adelaide 3053
Honolulu 3003
Winnipeg 2981
Singapore 2969
Auckland 2946
Kansas City 2926
Glasgow 2868
San Diego 2833
Colorado Springs 2822

Two days until noveling commences!"

Saturday, October 17, 2009

snowflake method

Archive for snowflake method » Jordan McCollum: "entry is part 12 of 20 in the series The plot thickens (Mwahahaha)

The Snowflake Method of story design is just one way to create a plot—but it’s not the best way, nor is it even a good way for all of us. (And we’ll continue to look at more methods to plot stories over the next two weeks.) We’ve already seen how Carol adapted the Snowflake Method to suit her needs as a writer, using its strengths for her and discarding its potential weaknesses. So what are the potential strengths and weaknesses of the Snowflake Method, so we can do this for ourselves?

After spending so much time refining them and writing about them, you get to know your characters and your plot well. Really well. Before you even write one word of your story, you have pages and pages of information on the characters, their backgrounds, how they see the story unfolding. You know the events, the sequence, the logic there.

Another strength is that you can start with almost nothing and “grow” a plot “naturally.” If you start with just the most basic idea"

Randy Ingermanson For his Snowflake Analysis - Google Search: "Interview: Randall Ingermanson
Randall Ingermanson (shown here with his first two daughters) is the author of ... analysis to automate the interpretation of microscope images of cells. ..... This is my infamous Snowflake process, and it's the most-downloaded page on ..."

Monday, October 12, 2009 - Birmingham - Birmingham: "A new window or tab will open and you will be asked to type in your username. It is best if that name is the same as the one you use on the NaNoWriMo web site, so that people know who you are. Then click on 'Connect' and away you go!

This new chat interface is an actual IRC channel; if you would prefer to connect to the chat using your own IRC client (e.g., mIRC, Ice Chat), direct your client to and /join #birminano."

Friday, October 2, 2009

Kitty, cell phone novelist

Today's Guest: Kitty, cell phone novelist | National Novel Writing Month: "Q: Kitty, you wrote your NaNo-novel on a cell phone. How does that work? Are your thumbs damaged from your efforts? How is this better than noveling on a computer?
A: I actually type faster on my Blackberry—using only my thumbs—than I do on a computer keyboard. On a computer, I already type at 40 words per minute, so on a phone I can churn out quite a lot of words! Because I spend most of my day typing, I’ve built up a tolerance to any pain that may occur. My thumbs are pretty quick!

I’ve met many other people who wrote their novel over the phone, but I don’t know how many did it using the memo pad feature like I did. Memo pad is a program for writing notes or making lists or—in my case—writing a novel!

Once I have a full chapter, I cut and paste it onto my novel page on MobaMingle, where I have a loyal readership of fourteen registered fans. Because I can make my novel public, people can comment on my writing (and literally demand that I write more!)."

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Breaking News | National Novel Writing Month: "Relaunch!

The October 1 relaunch of the adult and Young Writers Program sites will likely happen in the late afternoon, California time. You'll know we've begun blast-off sequence when you see the 'Temporarily down for maintenance' screens go up.

When we rocket out of the launch chute, we'll have a new masthead, a new communications module that you don't need a computer science degree to operate, new Municipal Liaison-controlled regional info stations, a complete list of this year's guest pep talkers, the inaugural Procrastination Stations and NaNo Q&As, a sexy placeholder image for the new videos we're launching this year, and beautifully wide-open forums."