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Subject:Link Update - Prompts
Time:12:33 am
Just a FYI - http://prompts.diary-x.com/ had a drive failure and plans on going black at the end of March 2006.
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Subject:Off-topic: Rabbit Hole Day
Time:03:42 pm
My apologies for cross-posting this all over the place, but I thought you might like to be in on this:

I have created a community called rabbit_hole_day. Last year, there was an idea that I saw on LJ that piqued my curiosity:

January 27th is the birthday of Lewis Carrol, author of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alice fell down a rabbit hole into a place where everything had changed and none of the rules could be counted on to apply anymore.

I say, let's do the same: January 27th, 2005 should be the First Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day. When you post on that Thursday, instead of the normal daily life and work and news and politics, write about the strange new world you have found yourself in for the day, with its strange new life and work and news and politics.

Are your pets talking back at you now? Has your child suddenly grown to full adulthood? Does everyone at work think you're someone else now? Did Bush step down from the White House to become a pro-circuit tap-dancer? Did Zoroastrian missionaries show up on your doorstep with literature in 3-D? Have you been placed under house arrest by bizarre insectoid women wielding clubs made of lunchmeat?

Let's have a day where nobody's life makes sense anymore, where any random LJ you click on will bring you some strange new tale. Let's all fall down the Rabbit Hole for 24 hours and see what's there. It will be beautiful.

This year, I have created a community for this project called rabbit_hole_day. Basically, there are two options for this project:

1) You can do all your entries in one day, or
2) You can do them over the entire three day weekend (Jan 27-29)

For the record, I'll be doing the second option, as I am going to use this for an idea for a project in the febnowrimo community. I expect most of you will just do the first one, though.

See you on January 27th!
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Subject:NaNo Starts!!
Time:10:46 am
Happy 1st of NaNo everyone!! I really want to thank everyone for participating in nanowarmup this year. But just because NaNoWriMo has started, doesn't mean the community has to go into hiding for the next 10 months. I will be posting my progress on my album and I encourage you to post progress on your novels, too. I will also be updating my NaNo profile (in case the link doesn't work, my username is diotrans). I figure, I have to do 10 songs this month, so 1 song is roughly equivalent to 5,000 words of a novel. So I will be updating my word count in increments of 5,000, even though I'm not submitting a novel at the end. If you want, post your NaNo profile here so we can all keep track of each other and keep each other moving .)

Another thing that helps is having timed-write races over AIM. I would not mind organizing a time to get together and make an AIM chat room, and do a few timed writes and compare word counts and all. It wouldn't really work for me to participate (writing music doesn't exactly have the same quantifiable output), but I could organize the freewrites if you were interested. So leave a comment with your screen name so I can look for you online, or let me know when would be a good time for freewrites for you. My screen name for noveling (and albuming) purposes is: dio writes.

Well, all that's left to do is write! Good luck everyone and thanks so much for participating!!
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Subject:Personality tests!
Time:11:55 am
It's the day before NaNo starts, so it looks like it's my last chance to post this exercise I've been thinking about since September.

Back when I played in RPGs where we had to design our own characters, sometimes we'd take personality tests online in character. I think this may be a valuable exercise in getting to know any character you create, whether for a game or for a novel. It's not so much for the explanation at the end where the test tells you all about yourself, though that can be useful too. But just going through the questions and thinking in character can make you think about aspects of your character you wouldn't consider otherwise.

Here is a Jung Typology Test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
I also looked for Keirsey and Myers-Briggs temperament sorters, but could not find any free ones that don't require you to sign up. Those are also good tests, if you can get ahold of them.

I also wonder if it wouldn't be useful to look for specific tests, e.g. if you are writing a romance novel, look for online quizzes about dating and relationship style. Or if you have a lot of political world-building to do, find a political online quiz. At the very least, it should be fun .)

Feel free to comment with results about your characters. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!!
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Subject:Holidays...
Time:07:41 pm
Since there are various holidays celebrated in October, November and December I thought I'd post some holiday questions for you to think about.
1. Will your NaNoWriMo novel have any holiday celebrations in it?
2. Does your Main Character have a favorite holiday? Why is it his/her favorite?
3. Does your Main Character like holidays or are they dreaded?
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Subject:Ramps for Writer's Block
Time:12:48 pm
I've made a list of things to write about if I get stopped. Here are 5.

Middle of the night habits
Closet contents
Recurring Dream
These are the lies I told you
Lost roll of film developed
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Time:06:30 pm
Current Mood:awake
          Since sabournine hasn't done one today (being that there's the album rather than the novel)... What would a trip to the doctor be like for your character? Whether it's a battlefield situation (where they would have to possibly be carried in), to a reluctant patient (kicking and screaming), to a hesitant appointment, to a regular check-up, how would s/he act?
          Sorry I jumped in like this, but...
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Subject:Favorite Exercise
Time:05:07 pm
Current Mood:chipperchipper
My favorite exercise is making grocery lists for my characters. It helps to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices they make (or are forced to make.) If I'm just trying to get a jumpstart on a story, I'll make out a grocery list of 10 items 5 times. No list can have the same items. Then I write a little paragraph story about the person or family that made each list.

I can't remember where I got this exercise from but it sure is fun!
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Subject:Sincere apologies
Time:05:19 pm
You have probably noticed that I have not been posting exercises as regularly lately. The reason why is that I have decided that I am going to make an album rather than a novel this month (in similar severe deadline NaNoWriMo/crapart style). Consequently, I have not been as motivated to post writing exercises, as I would not be participating, as I am no longer preparing to write a novel.

I highly encourage you to take over with posting exercises of your own, even just topics for people to freewrite about. I think that a lot of people in this community (this year and previous years) have benefitted from the exercises and really just had fun with them, so I would hate to let the momentum die, especially with only one week to go before November starts (eep!).

If nobody wants to take the initiative to post exercises, I will attempt to continue posting exercises as regularly as I can, but I think the community would benefit more from exercises posted by people who intend to write novels in November, since they are in that mindset.

Good luck to everyone, and thanks so much for participating in nanowarmup this year. Remember, I will be toiling along with everyone else all throughout November, so if I can do it, so can you .) We're all in it together.
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Subject:More freewrites
Time:09:39 am
Judging from the response to character and other pre-writing novel preparation exercises, I'm starting to think that people get more out of the freewrites in general. Unless people really prefer to do their novel preparation privately, or as November progresses .) And that's fine; I posted the novel preparation resources in our profile, so everyone can use them at their leisure.

So let's do some more freewrites. How about writing something intense today, like the climactic scene out of a novel. Something emotional, a dramatic pivotal moment. 5-minute freewrite!
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