NaNoWriMo Resources

I can hear it now. Nano…what?

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. www.nanowrimo.org

I’m writing a novel…a whole one…50,000 words.

I start on November 1st, in 3 days.

…and I am going to be finished with it by November 30th.

No, I’m not crazy, and there are several thousand other people doing it too. Chances are you may know someone else who is doing it and not know it. Regardless, PASS IT ALONG!

…GLAD YOU ASKED WHY

Because I can. I’m doing it for me. I know I can do it so it isn’t a matter of proving ti to myself really. (note I am being positive hehe) I want to make my writing a practice and it takes 30 days to make a habit. So I figure if I write 1700 words a day, what is required to stay on target with my NaNoWriMo, it will help me keep doing it.

DO I FEEL SOMEWHAT LIKE A LEMMING?

Yes. :)

RESOURCES

For those about to write, I post these resources with a salute. These are also posted on the NaNoWriMo forums here.

We had our first meeting for this area on Friday night last week and had an absolute blast. There were a few things I had mentioned in our meeting that I wanted to share with everyone. Notes below are in italics…

REFERENCE BOOKS
I love and heavily rely on these books.

Descriptionary
Publisher: Facts on File; 3rd edition (February 28, 2005)
ISBN: 0816059268
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yckj7l

Synonym Finder
Publisher: Warner Books; Revised edition (1986)
ISBN: 0446370290
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yjfnz4

I don????????t own these yet, but will soon; I have used them before and really found them helpful.

Writer’s Guide to Character Traits
Author: Linda N., Ph.D. Edelstein
Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 2nd edition (August 9, 2006)
ISBN: 1582973903
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/y37qkn


The Describer’s Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms and Literary Quotations

Author: David Grambs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 1995)
ISBN: 0393312658
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/y4jv2n

Flip Dictionary
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; 2nd edition (January 2002)
ISBN: 1582971404
Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/yzc7vb

MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS

E.S.Posthumus
If you like chant, Enigma or Dead Can Dance, their ???????Unearthed??????? album (available on [i]All of mp3 link below) is incredible.[/i]
www.esposthumus.com

GAME SOUNDTRACKS:

I think game soundtracks are one of the greatest hidden resources. Most people use movie soundtracks but what about all those great games? The MMORPG (massive multiplayer online roleplay games) have huge soundtracks with some incredibly emotionally driven music. Combat, romance, horror, travel and exploration…all themes are touched on in the games.

While researching this I was ecstatic to find that they were all available via through the All of mp3 site (link below). Take a minute to listen to the samples (low quality), trust me, you won????????t be disappointed. This is my FAVORITE writing music???????

Myst soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/yxxb4w

Myst II: Riven soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/yxxb4w

Myst III: Exile soundtrack
http://tinyurl.com/ycx26r

Guild Wars games:
http://www.directsong.com/index.asp?game=guildwars

Click on one of the games listed below on this site then click on ???????listen??????? at top center in yellow. I play the game and bought the collector????????s editions of them in order to get the soundtrack CD. I LOVE writing to them…

Guild Wars, aka Prophecies (original game)
Factions (1st expansion) – Oriental theme
Nightfall (2nd expansion) – Middle Eastern theme

MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man????????s Chest (2nd movie though first is also good)
Medicine Man (older movie with Sean Connery)
Edward Scissorhands
Gladiator

WHERE TO FIND MUSIC

All of mp3
LEGAL music downloads. Whole CD quality albums for 2-3 bucks! I adore this site.
www.allofmp3.com

Pandora Radio
Your own personal internet radio station; free and YOU program it.
www.pandora.com

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