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Subject:More Character Dev
Time:10:41 am
One way to get into your character more is to put him/her into a situation or setting, and try to think what s/he would do in it. Here are some generators for settings and locations:

http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-sett.php
http://prompts.diary-x.com/journal.cgi?entry=20051010cr

Unfortunately, I didn't find one that would generate a specific situation to just stick your character in and write about. But if you try some of the generators a few times, you'll probably come up with something you can write about.

Try writing about a situation that would not come up in your novel, for two reasons: stretching the limits of your character and perhaps developing aspects you haven't thought of before, and we don't want to write anything that would actually go into the novel just yet!

Good luck.
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Subject:New profile!
Time:07:57 pm
I just updated our community profile with all the (awesome!) links people left in the comments. Thank you so, so much.

So today's exercise is to pick one of the links in the community profile and do whatever it says. If it's a random ___ generator, do a freewrite about whatever it randomly generates. If it's for preparing your novel, answer all the questions it asks and post it (or don't, if you prefer). If it's about getting through the long arduous process of novel-writing, then read it carefully and remember it for the month of November. If it was good advice, print it out and tape it to your wall.

If all those links present too many choices, then I will pick for you: Holly Lisle's Pre-Writing Workshop

Good luck and have fun .)

P.S. Please let me know if any of the links don't work or are not relevant to the community. I looked at most of the links, but did not have time to give them all an in-depth look. Thanks.
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Subject:Warmup Resources
Time:11:28 am
Hey everyone, sorry I haven't been posting much lately, but I went away last weekend and then I came back sick and have been feeling like a bum the past few days...

Anyway for today, I'd love it if you could post links to all of the online resources you know of for preparing to write a novel. From name-generating to plot outline to world-building, post anything helpful for novel preparation. I will organize the list and put it in our community's info.

Today or tomorrow I will post a set of questions to ask yourself when world-building, as well as all the novel preparation resources I can think of.

Thanks everyone .)
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Subject:I demand an explanation!
Time:07:30 pm
Sorry I haven't posted exercises recently; I went away for the weekend and was not on the internet at all.

Today let's do an exercise for exposition. A novel is likely to have large amounts of information to explain, particularly for those of us who are fantasy-world-building and need to describe our settings and backgrounds. Even for those novels set in our world, there will be character and setting backgrounds and events that will need to be explained in comprehensive, interesting, and creative ways.

So the exercise: an explanation. Teach us something new, or make up something completely untrue, or exlpain to us an aspect of a fantasy world you made up. Do it through regular prose, or through dialogue between characters, or have one character explain it to us. It's up to you. Let's try a 5-minute freewrite again.
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Subject:Possible NaNo titles
Time:05:56 am
Confessions of an Espresso Machine
Behind the Bean
Due Gatti Translated
Due Gatti: Behind the Counter
Tales of the Coffee House
Tales of Due Gatti
A Story of Coffee
Recipe for a Coffee House
The Ambience
Under the Froth
Behind the Grinder
Coffee Grounds Interpreted
Coffee House
The Coffee House
Due Gatti
Due Gatti Coffee
Due Gatti Coffee House
College Town Coffee
College Town Coffee House
Roasted Beans
How Do You Take Your Coffee (House)?
Better Than Bar Stories
Caffeine and Punch Cards
House Blend
House Latte
Coffee of the Day
Midwest Coffee House
Farming Town, City Latte
The Barista Speaks
Confessions of a Barista
This Wasn't in My Job Description!
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Subject:Hello, all!
Time:03:53 am
I'm new to the community, new to NaNo.

I'm starting a group on my college campus for NaNo this year, sponsored by the literary magazine. I'm really excited!! I'd love feedback on the stuff on my LJ that's fiction, even though I'm not using much of it for NaNo. I do have a list of titles for my NaNo novel, which is a non-narrative collection of character sketches and scenes centering around Due Gatti Coffee House (www.duegatticoffee.com).

Nicole
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Subject:Catalina
Time:08:42 pm
I didn't do the whole thing, and some of my anwsers might change. But I wanted to show that I am indeed doing my own exercises .) I don't expect anyone to read the whole thing, but of course, feel free if you wish.

It's pretty lengthy, so I made a post for it and lj-cut it, rather than leave it as a comment.

My character!Collapse )
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Subject:Signup confirmation e-mails?
Time:10:06 am
Current Mood:worriedconcerned
So I have heard that some people did not receive confirmation e-mails for singing up for nanowrimo. I also did not receive any confirmation e-mail, but I have been able to log in and participate in forums. Is anybody unable to sign in and use forums after signing up? I just want to know what's up with this... perhaps they simply did not send confirmation e-mails. But if people are having trouble with signing in, I'll go find out what's up. Thanks.
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Subject:Nanowrimo.org is back up!!
Time:09:50 am
Thanks ninevrise for pointing this out! Nanowrimo.org is accepting new sign-ups again, so go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and sign up! (Upper right corner of the page.) And then tell all your friends to sign up, too!

Today I'd like to work on dialogue again. So today's topic: a confession. Make it a conversation between at least two characters. Try a 5-minute timed write, or don't, if it wasn't helpful to you last time.
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Subject:three cheers for more servers
Time:09:29 am
NaNoWriMo registration's back up on the web page. :)
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