Writings of Stuart Whitmore

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7 Lessons Learned From Not Winning NaNoWriMo

As some quick background, I participated in NaNoWriMo this year, as I have in past years, but for the first time I did not win. After getting over my disappointment, I decided to document some of the lessons I learned. If I participate next year I will hopefully remember to look back at these lessons and apply them to improve my chances of winning. By sharing them here perhaps other participants can benefit as well.

Win a Free Children's Book

Note: This offer is now over.

Would you like to win a free children's book for the beginning reader on your holiday shopping list? Or if you're a teacher, would you like to win it for your elementary school classroom?

Just in time for the holidays, you could win a free copy of Two Boys, Two Planets for the early reader(s) in your life. This book sells for $12.99 plus shipping on Amazon, but you can win a free copy instead.

Journey to a New POD Land

This past weekend, the Sweet Journey completed a jump through hyperspace. Or something like that. Let me rewind a bit and explain....

A NaNo Novel on Sale for NaNo

As mentioned before, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. You might also know that my novel Lesson One: Revolution! was originally written for NaNoWriMo in 2009. I thought it would be a fun way to celebrate the NaNoWriMo experience by putting that novel on sale during NaNoWriMo. Therefore, during November of this year, you will be able to buy the Kindle or Nook version for just 99 cents.

A Novel Tool

Outlines. Index cards. Character bios and back stories. There are many ways you can prepare to write a novel, and many easily-obtained tools for both the preparation and the writing. For example, my first books in the early 1980s were written with ballpoint pens and spiral notebooks (and, admittedly, very little planning), but nobody will be surprised at this point that computers are now the physical tool of choice for many writers. Of course a computer by itself won't do much good without software, and you have many choices, some of which are free. If you're looking for software, perhaps to get ready for NaNoWriMo next month, I recommend taking a close look at one free software package called Celtx.

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