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Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

For those who are unaware, November is National Novel Writing Month…it’s one of the few holidays dedicated to writers and their art.  There’s even a site dedicated to the idea:  http://www.nanowrimo.org.

Here’s the idea:  Throughout the month of November, from scratch, create a new novel of at least 50,000 words.

Why a new novel?  Why not continue on one that you’ve already started?

According to the FAQs listed on the official NaNoWriMo site, the reason for this is to allow writers complete freedom–you’re not as tied up in the characters, and don’t have to get everything right the first time.  By focusing just on a word count goal of 50,000 words, you can free your mind to focus just on completing that goal.  You can always come back and rewrite sections later.

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of thirteen.  There is also a young writer’s version available at the site linked above.

Are you participating?

Yes!  However, my target is slightly different, due to some unfortunate conflicts–my aim is to take 20-30 minutes every night throughout the course of November and write as much as I can.  We’ll see what I’m able to come up with by the end of the month…I’m sure I’ll share at least a portion of my work in the forum.

Anyway, I hope you’ll join me in trying to come up with a novel (or at least reasonably long story) by the end of November!

Good luck!

Also, please notice the new “Friends of WritAnon” link section at the right.  These links include a few blogs to other member’s sites, so I hope you enjoy reading some of their articles as well!

Oh, and as a reminder, for those in the US, please note that Daylight Savings Time is now in effect!  Make sure to remember to fall back!

Happy Halloween from WritAnon!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

What is Halloween to you?

A time for snacks, candy and Trick or Treating?

Certainly this is part of the fun.  As a child, I certainly enjoyed going from door to door, asking people for treats.  There was a lot of fun involved in seeing all of my friends dressed up in costumes as we figured out how to build our candy stashes and make them last for months (well, weeks anyway).

A time to put on scary masks, and act like someone different for a night?

I’ve done this as well…dressing up in a costume as a character, trying on a different persona for a night.  Of all the characters I’ve tried, I think I love my own wizard persona the most–it’s the one that’s most true to my personality.

I enjoy wearing a wizard costume to parties and performing simple magic tricks for my friends’ children.  The kids seem to like it too…as I pull out components for my spells, like ground-up werewolf, pixie dust, and the eyeballs I carry around for snacking!

A time to watch scary (or at least Halloweenish) movies at home with friends and family?

This is my favorite way to spend a Halloween night (or any night in October).  Put in a spooky movie, some popcorn, and relax, enjoying the time together.  This is a way to build memories, making Halloween a shared experience, rather than an individual seeking out candy.  Experiences are what make life interesting, in my opinion, so I like to change Halloween from an event to an experience.

After all, if the holiday is there anyway, you may as well make it memorable.

Perhaps something else altogether?

Tonight, my wife and I will take a trip to a haunted dinner and haunted house tour.  This is something outside our norm, but I expect we’ll have an exciting journey.  I’m especially looking forward to the dinner–there’s something exciting about having a story unfold as you eat a meal.

What are you planning to do this Halloween? Share your plans in the comments below.

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