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NaNoWriMo Cheat Sheet by DaveChild

Joining in NaNoWriMo? Use this handy sheet to keep tabs on your progress! Includes inspiration from a few great authors too!

NaNoWriMo Progress

11667[ ]
23333[ ]
35000[ ]
46667[ ]
58888[ ]
610000[ ]
711667[ ]
813333[ ]
915000[ ]
1016667[ ]
1118888[ ]
1220000[ ]
1321667[ ]
1423333[ ]
1525000[ ]
1626667[ ]
1728888[ ]
1830000[ ]
1931667[ ]
2033333[ ]
2135000[ ]
2236667[ ]
2338888[ ]
2440000[ ]
2541667[ ]
2643333[ ]
2745000[ ]
2846667[ ]
2948888[ ]
3050000[ ]

Tick the box on the right when you've hit the word count!


NaNoWriMo Goals

The aim is to write a novel in November.
50,000 words or more.
It's about quantity, not quality.
(You and 200,000 other people.)

Rules for Effective Writing

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equiva­lent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

Extract from Orwell's Politics and the English Language.

The Hero's Journey

- The Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Supern­atural Aid
- The Crossing of the First Threshold
- Belly of The Whale
- The Road of Trials
- The Meeting With the Goddess
- Woman as Temptress
- Atonement with the Father
- Apotheosis
- The Ultimate Boon
- Refusal of the Return
- The Magic Flight
- Rescue from Without
- The Crossing of the Return Threshold
- Master of Two Worlds
- Freedom to Live

From: http:/­/en.wi­kip­edi­a.o­rg/­wik­i/M­onomyth


Dramatic Situations

Crime pursued by vengeance
Vengeance taken for kin upon kin
Falling prey to cruelt­y/m­isf­ortune
Daring enterprise
The enigma
Enmity of kin
Rivalry of kin
Murderous adultery
Fatal imprudence
Involu­ntary crimes of love
Slaying of kin unreco­gnized
Self-s­acr­ifice for an ideal
Self-s­acr­ifice for kin
All sacrificed for passion
Necessity of sacrif­icing loved ones
Rivalry of superior vs. inferior
Crimes of love
Discovery of the dishonour of a loved one
Obstacles to love
An enemy loved
Conflict with a god
Mistaken jealousy
Erroneous judgement
Loss of loved ones

By Georges Polti.

Inspir­ational Quotes

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necess­arily in that order. - Jean-Luc Godard
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possib­ili­ties; Truth isn't. - Mark Twain
You get ideas from daydre­aming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. - Neil Gaiman
Stories of imagin­ation tend to upset those without one. - Terry Pratchett
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headli­ghts, but you can make the whole trip that way. - E.L. Doctorow
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. - Dr. Seuss
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. -Douglas Adams

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SpaceDuck SpaceDuck, 10:02 28 Nov 11

Love the quotes, especially the Mark Twain. Did this count toward your daily words or were you procrastinating?

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