Ignite MPLS - Kim Opitz


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Slides for "How to write a novel in 30 days" as presented at the (free-admission for all) event IgniteMPLS on April 22, 2009. Photo credits to self and individuals of the NaNoWriMo.org Flickr group.

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    1. 1. How to write a novel in 30 days aka the joy of NaNoWriMo by Kim Opitz
    2. 2. Start: November 1. Finish: November 30. Write 50,000 words. Image courtesy NaNoWriMo.org
    3. 3. What makes you so special? Everyone has an idea for a novel. Here’s your chance to explore it.
    4. 4. Why Why Why? Deadlines are good. 30-day deadlines are even better. photo from NaNoWriMo Flickr
    5. 5. Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, said: “It takes the idea of a miserable, cloistered, isolated novelist and moves it into... a cross between a marathon and a military block party.”
    6. 6. Of course you’re going to write some crap! Embrace it. Live it. Love it.
    7. 7. Just some tips based on my experience in 2007 and 2008. I didn’t say I won a Pulitzer Prize, folks.
    8. 8. Jump into it. Don’t look back. Seriously, this is more important than it sounds.
    9. 9. Anything goes ๏ Fan fiction, poem format, metafiction, anything is allowed. ๏ According to the web site's FAQ, quot;If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too.quot;
    10. 10. Go nuts with your characters. Build in people you know. Troubled people. (@fontosaurus?)
    11. 11. Day 1: November 1 Start it five times if you have to. Just don’t delete any of it. photo from NaNoWriMo Flickr
    12. 12. Step 3: Be anal. Create a system for reaching your 50K word count. Embrace it. Live it. Love it. photo from NaNoWriMo Flickr
    13. 13. 1666 It looks like the mark of the beast, but it’s not. It’s your daily word count minimum to reach 50K in 30 days.
    14. 14. Don’t edit. Don’t change things. Just keep writing.
    15. 15. Beating Writer’s Block Beating Writer’s Block Feeling stuck? Take it out on your characters. Send one to psychotherapy.
    16. 16. NaNoWriMo.org There’s one place you can always go for inspiration.
    17. 17. NaNoWriMo community photos from NaNoWriMo Flickr
    18. 18. Ending it Finish and submit it to NaNoWriMo.org Claim your certificate. Add the accomplishment to your resume.
    19. 19. NaNoWriMo origins These are just some of the books that originated as NaNoWriMo manuscripts.
    20. 20. @kimberlyoh ๏ best novel ever ๏ The point is... you, too, can be a winner!