This entry is a stretch of video game culture that reaches into the realm of fantasy, and some science fiction. I have recently joined the Nanowrimo.org community and happily so. So I offer a review of the site, the idea behind writing a novel for the love of words, and the final motivation to do so [love, meow!]. And while I was at it, I got the dust off my old literature books. So, without further ado I present to you a review of Nanowrimo. All images are belong to… oh wait, the site is all about literature :D

Mr. Towelhead dives into Sub-Culture of novel writing:

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“Video Game” Culture: Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo is an Internet “initiative” to encourage people to write, regardless of how experienced, good or just “bad” they are. From its humble beginnings in November of 2001 it has grown into a worldwide “initiative” of 200’000 + participants. It started as a project by Chris Baty with 20 + dudes and girls writing, and well. From simply writing its also grown into forums, categories, user profiles and what not.

Concept

Nanowrimo, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month. Encourages writers to get on with it on November, the best month of the year. It’s cold, dark, autumy and rainfull. So yes, in a nutshell the idea is, you have one month to write a novel of 50’000 words. You start November 1st and finish the 30th. To help you out, you can upload daily status reports to check your progress. A word count. Which is kind of cool because you see your stats; how many words you have, your average per day, words per day, and all sort of helpful info to finish on time.

Which you would, if you’d stop watching cats all day…

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… Grumpy cat doesn’t approve.

Grumpy Cat is (c) of Tardar Sauce (the cat) and Tabatha Bundesen (the owner). 2012

For my part, I’ve had tons of projects and stories in my mind. Sometimes even the time to write them. But I never did. I always needed some sort of deadline, goal or perhaps even major purpose. And so Nanowrimo is exactly what I, and perhaps many of you out there, need to start writing and keep writing despite the hectic of the world around you.

If you don’t win a certain November, you can always do NEXT November. You see, there is no monetary price, no time or topic restrains, just fun and love, love for the written words. The goal is not to please a jury, an editorial or a bill but to loose yourself in literary abandon. That is actually Nanowrimo’s motto.

Tha’ linky link to the community:

www.nanowrimo.org

So go know yourself out in writingness! :D And moving on, nanowrimo is about one thing, and one thing only WRITING! The goal of the nano’ project is to make the keyboard boil and not your brain. Once you are long done with writing you may sit down and consider, plot and correct. Haha, however, I have found a couple of good tips for befo’ you start writing, or once you are done. Which I would like to spill out here. Not to discourage you from writing, but to make it easier to dive into madness, erhmmm… I mean literature :D

Mr. Towelhead distracts himself into:

CATS!

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Don’t listen to it! Keep REaAAding… ksjñlaksjñl

Stereo Skifcha is (c) Denis Borisovich. 2012

Any way, yes we wanted to talk about:

Video Game Culture: Writing Fantasy

So you wanna start writing fantasy (or any other video-gamey genre), now what? Taking a walk onto the wild side I saw the necessity to go back to my old school, literature books because, simply put: I needed some writing TIPS.

The first and most obvious one is READING ‘mate, but then I believe there must exist a sort of literature-ADD because I find myself incapable of relaxing and simply read. Basically, a book must interest us so much we are willing to go through the torture of reading. Well, not really torture … but if you get distracted easily, you know what I mean.

Wait, what did I say?

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NO! Don’t fall for it! MUST CONCENTRATE!

(c) by Laura Reed, alias: PC-STOCK, 2008

For starters, and despite a short attention span, I can totally recommend James N. Frey’s “How to write a Damn Good Novel”. It’s short, easy, somewhat comical and has a TON of information and excellent tips for writing. It doesn’t have coloring pages but even the ADDiest of ADDs will enjoy it. Provided you want to write a damn good novel. :D

You want to make life easier and lazier, in the sense of dropping the responsibility of learning to someone else… read Frey’s book any way AND sign in for the nastiest literature teacher you can find. And last but not least, what I can recommend you, out of everything I have read, seen, heard and had force-fed-spooned into me is:

Mr. Towelhead’s tips for Writing – Part 1 –

1. Yo’ Characters First. Start by creating the main characters before the plot, at least the start by creating the protagonist. We like stories to be character driven, why? Because we humans are characters ourselves and that is what we relate to. We don’t relate to rocks, we relate to human emotions. Makes sense, right?

2. Tha’ Villain. Develop a villain (antagonist). Don’t settle for “just” creating a villain, develop your main baddy. Why? A story without conflict is boring, and a boring conflict is also boring. We humans love villains with convictions, motivations (and a hint of common sense). Rule of thumb, spend as much time developing the baddy, as you spend with the hero.

3. Conflict. A story where everything runs smoothly is boring. When the hero overcomes conflicts we are interested. Why? Because we can relate to that, as our lives are hardly ever conflict free.

Oh no! Cats AGAIN! DON’t get distracted!

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Jedi Cat is (c) by Zach King, alias FinalCutKing. 2011

4. Respect Limitations. Don’t go mary sue on your characters, that means, don’t have a smart, good-looking, brave, indestructible, witty, sexy, powerful, young, wise, etc. character. Limits make us human, overcoming limits is what makes us awesome. Meow! But don’t settle for limits, respect the limits as well. No one’s gonna buy that your shy protagonist becomes a gattling-gun aficionado overnight.

5. Don’t Write! Writing is 90% thinking, researching, plotting, outlining, commenting, receiving feedback. And 10% actually writing. However, this goes crassly against Nanowrimo’s idea. Thus… write in November and think for the rest of the year :{

So now, I have talked too much already, thus we’ll split this MEGA-USEFUL tips documentation/cat monstrosity  into two parts… dis-enjoy on the next, Mr. Towelhead Video Game Culture episode. MEOW!

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