Category: National novel writing month

GeneralCan You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

I dare you.
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To give yourself permission to write without obsessing over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To stop being one of those people who say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel,” and become one of those people who can say, “Oh, a novel? It’s such a funny story–I’ve written three.”
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins 12:00:01 November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at 11:59:59. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
Yeah, me too. As a self-proclaimed writer, I am of course a member of the Someday I’ll Write a Novel Club. While I have many t-shirts, I have yet to write a novel; however, that is going to change this November. Are you in the same boat? Then head on over to National Novel Writing Month‘s website for more information and to sign up!
Here are the Rules:
  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
  • Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.
So. Anybody else going to sign up? I think you should. Plus, it’s for charity! How can you resist that?
Find me (Hartt Breaker!) at NaNoWiMo and we can all chat about our novels!
Now get writing!

GeneralNational Novel Month: Lulu*s Favorite Books!

As you all know, Thanksgiving is tomorrow (yippee!), and since November is National Novel Writing Month, I thought I’d take a literary turn this blog and give you guys some suggestions for some good reads over the holidays!
I took a poll from all over the warehouse to get some of our favorite books. 
Bev (Inventory Specialist)Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Anna (Packing)Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Charlene (Packing/Processing)Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Kellen (Operations Manager)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
KB (Processing)Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Kent (SEO)Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Liz (Shipping): East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Amy (Returns)The Host by Stephanie Meyers
Sienna (Copywriter)The Omnivore’s Dilemna by Michael Polan
Jaine (Returns): The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
Jenny (Marketing Assistant)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Brittany (Samples): The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Sierra (Customer Service): The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Debra (CEO): The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Siobhan (Art Director): 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Val (Graphic Designer): Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Laurie (Copywriter): Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Nikki (Inventory): 1984 by George Orwell
Brittany (Buyer): The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Whitley (Customer Service):The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Andy (Graphics): Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Matt (Receiving Manager): Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Heather (Assistant Stylist): Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Cara (Head Stylist)The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
What are you guys reading right now? Any good suggestions to put on my reading list?