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NaNoWriMo Warmup

September - The *Other* National Novel Writing Month!

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Join this community if you wish to hone your writing skills before NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!

Periodically, we will post a new topic/scenario for everybody to write about. Then members may contribute posts about that topic. Posts will probably be a few paragraphs -- we're not looking to write entire NaNo novels yet -- but write as much or as little as you feel is necessary. However, please lj-cut longer posts.

We would also like to work on character and outline preparation for our NaNo novels.

Feel free to leave constructive criticism in comments to posts, so we can help each other improve our writing. However, please keep it friendly and constructive.

Useful Links for Preparing and Writing Your Novel

Many many thanks to elizawrites, baristanikki, wakuchan, dogzilla30, and ninevrise for supplying me with these links.

Character Development:
http://www.geocities.com/poetess47/100questions.html - The 100 Most Important Things to Know About Your Character
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/generate.php?Genname=quickchar - Seventh Sanctum Quick Character Generator

Character Naming:
http://www.behindthename.com/ - Behind the Name - Etymology and History of First Names
http://www.last-names.net/ - Last Name Meanings Dictionary

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/worldbuilding1.htm - Fantasy World-Building Questions (by Patricia C. Wrede)

Plot Development:
http://hollylisle.com/fm/Workshops/questioning_your_novel_article.html - Questions to Get Started on Your Novel

Outlining the Novel:
http://www.sff.net/people/alicia/artout.htm - Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes

Motivation Throughout the Novel-Writing Process:
http://www.sfwa.org/writing/thud.htm - On Thud and Blunder (by Poul Anderson) (aka how to keep your fantasy world from collapsing like a house of cards)

Fun things:
http://www.seventhsanctum.com - This has random generators for characters, as well as plot, magical item, spell, power, world, deity, etc.
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~imcfadyen/notthenet/fantasy.htm - How to Write a Best-Selling Fantasy Novel (satire)
http://amethyst-angel.com/cliche.html - The Not-So-Grand List of Overused Fantasy Cliches
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Labyrinth/8584/stuff/cliche.html - The Grand List of Fantasy Cliches
http://minievil.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html - The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord
http://ingeb.org/songs/mondaysc.html - "Monday's Child is Fair of Face" (an old English rhyme about the characteristics of those born on certain days)
http://prompts.diary-x.com/ - Writing Prompts

Useful Writing Sites:
http://hollylisle.com/fm/Workshops/index.html - Holly Lisle's Workshops (for all stages of novel-writing)
http://www.forwriters.com/references.html#general - Lots of Reference Sites

Please contact sabournine if any of the links do not work. Thank you.