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For everyone doing NaNo this year, This quote is 13 years old and still true. 

“If there were a zodiac sign for each cycle of the noveling escapade, Week One would undoubtedly be a magnificent galleon at full sail. Week Three would be a road-tested marathon runner, smiling as she catches her second wind. And Week Four would be a lone figure silhouetted against the setting sun, arms raised in triumph.  
Unfortunately, Week Two would be represented by a pack of rabid weasels hurling themselves from the treetops onto a group of screaming campers below.  
This, I think, is why they don’t make zodiac signs for NaNoWriMo.”

-Chris Baty on NaNoWriMo 2004, Week two 

WC’s NaNoPlanMo/Prep-tober Calendar

Say hello to your calendar of events for NaNoPlanMo! 

Each day of October is dedicated to a different aspect of planning for NaNoWriMo and will have daily resource masterposts to match! Topics are listed at the bottom of each day!


EVENTS

We will have plan-ins on Fridays and Sundays! An absolute time is TBA for each, but our October 1st plan-in will be at 4:30 P.M. CST on our Slack community! If you haven’t already submitted a member profile, check out details about our NaNo Membership HERE!

Saturday evenings will be dedicated to Feedback Nights! Feedback Nights will be your chance to get live answers and opinions from our Ask Team on all of the things that have you stumped and stuck in your planning process. Hours will be announced soon!

Kickoff Party: This will be on October 31st to celebrate the planning you’ve gotten done and prep you for a fun month of writing ahead! More details to come as we get closer to November!


ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Throughout October, WC will be accepting asks and submissions with any NaNoWriMo or writing related questions! Questions submitted outside of Feedback Nights will be answered by our Ask Team on a rolling basis as members are available. 

Don’t forget about our daily planning prompts either! Each day, we will have:

  • One World-building prompt
  • One Character prompt
  • One Craft prompt to directly address a certain aspect of writing craft (like description or dialogue!)
    and…
  • One “Wildcard” prompt to shake your planning process and keep things fun and fresh.

WC will also have a submission opportunity called Adventures in NaNo! WC member, @muffindragon227​, summed this event up best:

“While the main focus of Nano is on the stories we’re telling, but we often forget that NaNoWriMo is an adventure all its own. We set out with a goal to do something grand and along the way we have ups and downs. We face challenges, and we meet new people. So while we’re eager to hear and talk about your stories, we’d also like to hear about your journey as well. As such, we invite you to submit your experiences for us to share with everyone. Tell us about what’s happening, so we can cheer you on, pick you up, or laugh along with you!” 

So if you’ve overheard a conversation that you’re absolutely copying for your story, we want to hear it! If you’ve run across that one perfect but obscure reference, we want to celebrate with you! Submit your stories through our submission box–just don’t forget to include Adventures in NaNo in the title!


Finally, if you’re a WC member or follower, don’t forget to add your name to the WC NaNo Participant List! I plan on adding everyone who joins the list as a NaNo Buddy before NaNoWriMo begins, so be on the lookout for a request from mCubed35!

That’s all for now! Everyone at WC is looking forward to a successful NaNoWriMo season and we can’t wait to get planning and writing with you!

Please reblog this post to spread the word to the NaNoWriMo and writeblr community!

NaNoWriMo - Music

Every November is “National Novel Writing Month”, where all writers are encouraged to write at least 1,667 words a day, so that by the end of November you’ll have a draft that’s as long as a short novel. The challenge is more to help you set up a routine and get your ideas down on paper, and even though it started out as “National”, the challenge has become International with writers participating around the world.

Last year I won [and honestly last year was pretty bad for me, so that month was me at my happiest], and so I’m trying it again this year. And like with everything else in my life, I like to bring music into the picture.

I have a mild form of ADHD, so to help me stay seated and focused on writing for an hour or more, I like to put music on in the background. Problem is, Classical music is NOT the “easy listening” stuff that it’s marketed as to the general public. Most of the music I have on my iPod is very loud or complicated or too active to be “ignored”, and doesn’t work as white noise. Even so, I’ve found a good handful of works that I like to put on in the background to help me focus, and I felt that since nano has come again, I’d share them with you guys.

Minimalism is the best subgenre for writing. In a way it follows a neo-baroque principal of constantly moving forward in inventive ways, but instead of following Western development, it takes after Eastern aesthetics, valuing the journey over the destination. That way, there is constant momentum, and it can get meditative/trance like as time goes on.

Max Richter - Sleep: Starting off the list with the biggest gun in the arsenal, Richter’s “Sleep”, in its entirety, is 8 HOURS long. Unlike most classical music that lulls people to sleep, Richert’s “Sleep” is purposefully meant to sleep to, being a constant drone in downbeat, mixing traditional instruments with electronica and sound waves. It’s peaceful and static at times, and it’s only about five main ideas that transmutate throughout, but the melodies are clear, and their distinct shapes make repetition enjoyable, and though you COULD sleep to the 8 hour version, you could play the 1 hour reduction “From Sleep” as you write, because it works as a great backdrop for creativity.

Max Richter - The Four Seasons, Recomposed: Sticking with Richter’s “new age” kind of minimalism, we are taking Vivaldi’s well trodden Four Seasons and giving them a contemporary flair, with electronic sounds, repetition, and some reshaping of the iconic melodies. So you can follow along with what’s familiar, but can find it easier to get lost in the soundscape in this version than in the Baroque chamber original.

Terry Riley - In C: Going to one of the fathers of minimalism, Riley’s In C is a malleable set of variations over dozens of snippets of melodies, each one repeated as often as the performers like. The result is colorful, something like a kaleidoscope, familiar shapes changing and distorting with each turn of the mirror, and so long as the volume isn’t loud, this constant momentum will help inspire your writing productivity

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians: Another minimalist figurehead, Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians is considered one of his great masterpieces, a slowly evolving chord progression that focuses on texture and color over everything else. The constant pulse gives the work a steady flow, while the chord changes follow the same kind of kaleidoscopic change that I mentioned earlier. 

Steve Reich - Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards: This is more of a minor work, somewhat forgettable compared to his other works that deal with the same kind of structure and phasing, but the variations are still a great study in trance like development of small musical motifs. 

John Adams - Common tones in simple time: Written as a reaction against serialism and the hyper-mathematical mindset that was all the rage in Europe and “Intellectual” music circles in the 70s, Common Tones is a slowly developing orchestral work that deals with a few different “juxtapositions”; fast and slow, with percussion instruments dolling out a constant pulse while the strings drag onward, and high registers versus low registers. The result is something spacious like a desert landscape.

Philip Glass - Metamorphosis: The short suite of piano works are renditions of the same basic idea, and the different “numbered” movements were used as incidental music for theater versions of Franz Kafka’s short story. They have a more “film” feel to them, and work great as a background emotional driving theme.

There you have it, a short list of long works that have helped me stay productive during the scariest [and most rewarding] month of the year! Hope you enjoy, keep your notes and outlines close, and keep your hot coffee closer, and write on.

Let’s start a NaNo Tumblr follow train!

  1. Go through the notes of this post to find Tumblrs that you have common interests with and follow at least 5. (You may also buddy WriMos on the NaNo site, but it isn’t required.)
  2. Reblog this post and share:
  • Name, NaNo username (link to your page)
  • Genre (opt. title and short blurb/synopsis)
  • If you are focused on anything specific such as characterization, plotting, worldbuilding, whatever, share that too!
  • At least three things that make up the content of your blog during the rest of the year.

Originally posted by byaseashore

The first ten do not have to follow anyone, but please come back and check out the notes to stay following back.