N.X. Lee

thewritingcafe:

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It begins on November 1st of every year and goes until 11:59 on November 30th. During this time, participants must write a novel that is at least 50,000 words.
If you win NaNoWriMo, you get some perks that are listed on the website each year. Examples include discounts on writing software, free downloads, and some free physical copies of your self published book.
There is also a related event called Camp NaNoWriMo. This is the same as NaNoWriMo, but with a few differences:
Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in April and July.
On the Camp NaNoWriMo website, you can be in “cabins" with other writers where you can chat and encourage each other to write.
You can set your own word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo.
FAQ ABOUT NANOWRIMO
Do I have to write a novel? Can I write an anthology of short stories?

While the original premise was to write a novel, you are free to write an anthology or short stories (or something similar) if you wish.

Does it have to be original fiction? Can I write fan fiction?

Again, the original premise was to write original fiction, but you can write fan fiction if you want.

Am I allowed to plan my story before November?

Yes! Writers are encouraged to prepare prior to NaNoWriMo.

Am I allowed to start writing my story before NaNoWriMo as long as I write an additional 50k words during November?

You’re supposed to start with a new story, but there’s no one to stop you from continuing an old story or even rewriting one.

Does my novel have to be 50,000 words, or can I go over?

You can definitely go over the word count.

Make sure to check the nanowrimo website for more FAQs.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION 
If you’re prone to writer’s block, I highly recommend that you plan before you write:
My Outlining and Planning Guide
Name Generators for People, Places, and Things 
Naming Characters 
Titles 
World Building 
Prepping For NaNoWriMo: The Outlining Stage
Otherwise, prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Plan out when you will write each day and for how long. Remember, you need at least 1667 words per day to reach the goal by the end of the month. Find a nice spot to write, have all your notes in order, and back up all your files. Here are some more tips and resources:
My Preparation Advice
Kris Noel’s Preparation Advice
Create Your Own Writer’s Retreat
Book Geek Confessions’ Prep Advice
WRITING
One thing you need to avoid during NaNoWriMo is editing. If you edit while you’re trying to write, your writing will be slowed and you’ll fall behind. Just keep writing.
Getting Started
Motivation 
Writing the Beginning 
Writing the Middle 
Writing the End
The Elephant Technique (for when you’re stuck with naming or describing something)
Finishing Your Story
Inspiration
Writing Playlists and Music
Writer’s Block
Writing Software and Websites
OTHER NANOWRIMO TIPS
10 NaNoWriMo Tips
20 Things You Should Know About NaNo
NaNo Tips
NaNoWriMo is Coming
Writer’s Digest NaNoWriMo Tips
Checklist for Nano
Lots of NaNo Tips
Word Count Widgets If You Don’t Like the NaNo Ones
AFTER NANO ENDS
So NaNoWriMo is over (or you’ve finished your novel) and now you have a rough draft of your manuscript. Here are some tips:
Do not immediately send it to an agent or publisher. Tons of people start sending out their manuscripts right after NaNoWriMo and it’s a huge mistake because they’re not sending polished, ready-to-be-published manuscripts. They’re sending rough drafts they wrote quickly.
Leave it alone before you start editing. Walk away from your manuscript and work on something else or take a break from writing. This break could be a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. It depends on you. Then start editing once you’re fresh again.
For more on editing and publishing, see my How to Write and Publish a Novel page.

thewritingcafe:

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It begins on November 1st of every year and goes until 11:59 on November 30th. During this time, participants must write a novel that is at least 50,000 words.

If you win NaNoWriMo, you get some perks that are listed on the website each year. Examples include discounts on writing software, free downloads, and some free physical copies of your self published book.

There is also a related event called Camp NaNoWriMo. This is the same as NaNoWriMo, but with a few differences:

  • Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in April and July.
  • On the Camp NaNoWriMo website, you can be in “cabins" with other writers where you can chat and encourage each other to write.
  • You can set your own word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo.

FAQ ABOUT NANOWRIMO

Do I have to write a novel? Can I write an anthology of short stories?

While the original premise was to write a novel, you are free to write an anthology or short stories (or something similar) if you wish.

Does it have to be original fiction? Can I write fan fiction?

Again, the original premise was to write original fiction, but you can write fan fiction if you want.

Am I allowed to plan my story before November?

Yes! Writers are encouraged to prepare prior to NaNoWriMo.

Am I allowed to start writing my story before NaNoWriMo as long as I write an additional 50k words during November?

You’re supposed to start with a new story, but there’s no one to stop you from continuing an old story or even rewriting one.

Does my novel have to be 50,000 words, or can I go over?

You can definitely go over the word count.

Make sure to check the nanowrimo website for more FAQs.

PLANNING AND PREPARATION 

If you’re prone to writer’s block, I highly recommend that you plan before you write:

Otherwise, prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Plan out when you will write each day and for how long. Remember, you need at least 1667 words per day to reach the goal by the end of the month. Find a nice spot to write, have all your notes in order, and back up all your files. Here are some more tips and resources:

WRITING

One thing you need to avoid during NaNoWriMo is editing. If you edit while you’re trying to write, your writing will be slowed and you’ll fall behind. Just keep writing.

OTHER NANOWRIMO TIPS

AFTER NANO ENDS

So NaNoWriMo is over (or you’ve finished your novel) and now you have a rough draft of your manuscript. Here are some tips:

  • Do not immediately send it to an agent or publisher. Tons of people start sending out their manuscripts right after NaNoWriMo and it’s a huge mistake because they’re not sending polished, ready-to-be-published manuscripts. They’re sending rough drafts they wrote quickly.
  • Leave it alone before you start editing. Walk away from your manuscript and work on something else or take a break from writing. This break could be a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. It depends on you. Then start editing once you’re fresh again.

For more on editing and publishing, see my How to Write and Publish a Novel page.


"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

— Libby Anne (via newwavenova)

(Source: dumbledoresarmy-againstbigotry)


awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.
awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.
awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.
awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.
awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.
awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.

awitchandhersecrets:

elaichi-cha:

psychronic:

chalkandwater:

Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.

Samsara (2011)

Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done

That’s basically what these monks do actually.

They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.

Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.

There might be more details to the ritual but I find most Buddhists like Westerners to walk away with the general gist of the bigger picture of it. Buddhism, as it spread took up many different traditions along the way, including animism or the spiritualities of the indigenous. The details are interesting but not as important as understanding the transience. If those details help, fine, but if it doesn’t aid you into finding enlightenment and only distracts you, let it go.