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NaNo for the New and the Insane

A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide

First, anyone who doesn't know about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) needs to check out this site.

This book was written specifically as a guide filled with little hints about how to approach a NaNo project -- but it can be helpful to people who are curious about NaNo, and much of it will also n help writers in general.

Below you will find a table of contents.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE INSANITY

 

What is this Madness?

 

The First Step in a Crazy Journey

 

How to Go Crazy Once a Year

 

Why I Wrote This Book

 

The NaNo Question for Zette

 

An Interview with Chris Baty,

 

 

PREPARING FOR NANO

 

Attitude

 

Challenges

 

Pre-Writing Work and NaNo

 

Outlining for Fun

 

Phase Outlines and NaNo

 

Characters and Other Nuisances

 

The Time and the Place

 

The Last Steps to Getting Ready!

 

 

FORUMS, BLOGS AND WEBSITES

 

Forums are Good -- and Evil

 

Posting Fiction on Open Boards

 

Forward Motion and Other Writing Sites

 

Helpful Sites

 

 

GOALS AND KEEPING THEM

The Actual Writing

 

Four Steps for Working up Openings

 

Easy Daily Goals:  Moving Ahead with the Story

 

A Different Goal:  Moving up the List

 

Almost Random Events

 

Keep Writing to The End

 

Donít Stress

 

Why Do You Bother?

 

It's Not Your Fault If They Quit

 

Prolific Writers and NaNo

 

 

THE AFTER NANO BLUES

 

Writing for Publication -- and the Dread of Editing

 

"It's a dull word," she said.

 

Hints from a Small Time Publisher

 

The Question of Publication

 

 

JUST FOR FUN

 

The Angst of Hero Naming

 

Author versus Character

 

A Few Books on Writing

 

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