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Collaborative novel writing/publishing whaaaat?! »

**If you think this is a nifty idea, please share!**

Hi, fellow wrimos!

Let me tell you a story.

A few years back, after years of enjoying play-by-post roleplaying and viewing it as the collaborative storytelling effort it awesomely is, my co-admin at the time and I thought it’d be super cool to do something similar, except for storytelling. Why not tap into peoples’ love of creating a story from the ground up, chapter by chapter contributed by a different writer?

Nothing came of it, and I left it at that for…a good half decade or so.

Then, the magic of Twitter connected me with this awesome human being, Lori, who had thought up a similar idea and was actually trying to get her project launched.

Books from Scratch

How does it work?

  • Writers contribute their own versions of the next chapter of a novel in progress across a variety of different genres
  • Fellow writers and readers have the opportunity to vote on each chapter submission
  • The winning submission by votes becomes ‘canon’ for the novel (see: Obama’s ‘it is done’ GIF for reference)
  • The process begins again with a call for submissions of a new chapter, until the entire novel is finished

What’s so cool about this?

  • It gives everyone a level playing field/opportunity to win and voters the ability to help shape a living story as it forms
  • Winners are chosen based on the popularity of their creative work, not their name, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. (all submissions are anonymous, with credit given to the winner after voting closes)
  • Think you can’t write a full-length novel? Now you don’t have to. Submissions are chapter-length.
  • The publishing house branch of this endeavor will edit, market, and publish each completed novel, similar to the process a traditional publishing house takes with single author projects
  • Co-authors get full credit for their contribution, as well as payment based on how well the novel sells (it also can’t hurt to be able to add a little reference to your publishing credit if you’re trying to query a full-length novel to an agent or publishing house)

There’s probably more, but you should really just follow the link and check it out yourself.

Donate as much or as little as you are able. If you can’t contribute financially, how about you share the heck out of this? So far, this is a one-woman show, and I can’t even imagine the amount of work she’s already put into making this a reality. The project owner is very minority-friendly/supportive, which also has the potential to open up doors for those of us who want to create stories with characters who are LGBT*, people of color, religious minorities, differently abled, and so on — all characters types that are woefully underrepresented in mainstream publishing venues (unless, I guess, the story itself is about that facet, ie, coming out, dealing with a recent disability, etc.).

So, please share far and wide, will you?

You can also keep up with the campaign’s progress on by following on Twitter (@bookfromscratch) and Facebook (/booksfromscratch).

Cheers,

Andrew

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A forum for Camp NaNoWrimo

Hey all,

My apologies for not having kept this group as active as I’d have liked.

Today marks the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo, however, and it seems like those participating have had some issues with cabin selection methods (where oftentimes they ended up not getting grouped with the people they’d requested to be grouped with, for whatever reason).

Since I thought that was nonsense, I just created a forum where my group and others could chat, encourage one another, and just all-around discuss writing during April and beyond. 

My group was specifically dystopian/sci-fi works, but I’ve also let some LGBT writers know about it. I figure, I can always add more forums if people want to split apart and discuss their specific genres with like-minded individuals.

The forum is only viewable to registered members, so it’s nice and private. The goal is to help motivate one another. If you’re interested, feel free to spread the word around and join up.

The link is here: http://fictivespheres.ajamaro.com

Either way, good luck this month with your writing goals! I know I’m gonna personally need it. :)

-Andrew

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4 Ways to Rediscover Your Writing Motivation »

writingbox:

Sometimes, when you sit down to continue with what you were writing yesterday, or the day before, it can be difficult to rediscover your motivation for it.

Here’s my 4 top tips for helping to maintain your motivation from writing session to writing session:

  1. When you finish a…

Keep going, guys. 3/4 of the way there.

(Also, my sincerest apologies for not being very good about updating this blog this November. It’s been a really busy month. Maybe I can make it up to you all by proposing a January NaNo-esque event? Because I plan to do this all again in January. If anyone’s interested, feel free to let me know here or on my personal blog. -Andrew)

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sievish asked: Hi FYN! Im a freelance graphic designer wants to work in editorial. I wanted to extend an invitation to the NaNoWriMo community-- if you finish your book, I would love for an author to collaborate with. Meaning, if someone finishes, then I would love to design the book. For free. As a collab. so that you have a designed book and I have a designed product for my portfolio. Please pass this along to your followers-- if anyone is interested, please message me here on tumblr!! :) good luck!!

What a neat opportunity. Sorry this community hasn’t been horribly active this NaNo cycle; both mods have been pretty crazy with offline endeavors (though, to my knowledge, we’re both participating in NaNo this year).

I’ll throw this out there though, and may contact you myself for more info, sievish.

Cheers,

AJ

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10 NaNoWriMo Tips

writingbox:

  1. Get as far ahead of the daily target as you can in week 1 while you’re running on adrenaline. Week 2 is tough, and having a good margin will help you enormously.
  2. Turn off the television. If you think you can write in front of the tv you are just kidding yourself.
  3. Treat yourself for reaching goals. Put your favourite chocolate bar, cake, beer, or whatever your vice is, on the table in front of you while you write. Don’t allow yourself to have it until you’ve written your daily word target. It’ll also make your treat taste that much better…
  4. Be strict on yourself. Sit down and tell yourself you will write for 20mins, or 30mins, or an hour. Actually do it. Turn off the tv, hide from other people and stay off the internet. Write.
  5. Don’t do it alone. Whether you meet up with people in real life, or meet up with people online, just meet up with someone. Make friends, encourage each other, motivate each other, compete against each other. (And most importantly, drink coffee with each other)
  6. Compete against your writing buddies. Each day, check the word counts of your writing buddies. Decide whose wordcount you’re going to try and beat, then do it.
  7. Take part in word wars (also known as word sprints.) Either meet up with friends or play with people online. Agree on an amount of time (20 mins, 1 hour, 24 hours) and at the end of that time, see who’s written the most words. Good fun, a great way to make friends and super productive too.
  8. Don’t take more than one day off in a row. NaNoWriMo is full-on, and we all need a break now and again. We also all have a life to live outside of NaNo. Don’t feel guilty about taking the odd day off. But if you make it two days off, it’ll be that much harder to get back into it. Three days, and you’ll really struggle. More days and you’re unlikely to get back to it at all.
  9. Trust your characters. Whether you’re a strict outliner or more of a discovery writer, you can often find your characters rebel; leading your story off in a direction you didn’t expect. Let them explore, you may find out that they have had a better idea than you did! And if your characters do start telling their own story, be glad. It only means that you have written them well, and written them fully, managing to bring them completely to life.
  10. Just keep going. So what if you’re 5,000 words behind? So what if you’re only managing 800 words a day? So what if it’s 11.30pm on November 30th and you’ve only written 30,000 words. Not everyone will hit their 50k target, but that doesn’t mean they’ve failed at all. By carrying on until the end of the month you have achieved an incredible feat no matter what your word count. The only true failure is giving up.

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NaNoWriMo fundraiser

Posting this here for those who might be interested in attending the Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco on November 17 but may not have the financial means to plunk out $250 for the full ticket.

Please donate what you can, or share this around. The only reason I was able to attend this event last year was due to generous donations from family and friends (online and off). I was in a better position this year to be able to donate the full amount for my own ticket, but I’m happy to offer the second one for free if I can get the additional $100 needed to qualify for it.

See below for further details. Or read my donation page here.

andrue2:

Hi all,

I just wanted to throw out the link for my NaNo/Young Writers Program fundraising page. I’m attending the Night of Writing Dangerously this year and can take another person with me if I reach $350. I don’t have anyone in particular in mind at this point, so if anyone is local to San Francisco (or can easily get here for an evening of writing shenanigans on Nov. 17) and would like that ticket, please message me.

You can either pay $100 upfront (single tickets are usually $250) or, if you’re unable to afford that, donate what you can and message me if you’re serious. If I’m able to raise the money, the ticket can be yours. If multiple people with serious interest in the ticket respond, I can hold a drawing. Having attended the past two years, I can say with absolute certainty it’s a fun event, and the people I’ve met have become great friends, offline and on.

ALL FUNDS RAISED GO TO THE YOUNG WRITERS PROGRAM CHARITY.

I’m sort of on team LGBT (there’s a pretty large, informal group of us at the event every year), so my reasons for donating to this particular charity revolve around offering access to creative writing programs for LGBT kids or those interested in creating LGBT-themed works of non-fiction and fiction.

Any questions, please ask!

Cheers,

Andrew

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NaNoBio - Andrew (fyeahnanowrimo mod)

Hi guys!

It’s less than a month before NaNoWriMo is upon us again. I will more than likely be attending the Night of Writing Dangerously again and am happy to report on it during the night of so people can see what it’s like, if they’re so inclined.

Last year, we found others to connect with via a nice little writer submission form. I figured I’d bring it back again. Feel free to follow others/reblog their bio and introduce yourself/etc. as we all gear up for another year of noveling mayhem.

Cheers,

Andrew

P.S. My updated bio form is below as an example.

fyeahnanowrimo:

Here’s an example of what you’re welcome to submit to us in search of other writing pals, guys. 

1. Name/pen name: AJ Amaro is the pen name for Andrew AJ Sass. I use it in all my published, non-professional (i.e. non-tech and legal journalism) writing.

2. Age: 29.

3. Location: San Francisco.

3. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo before? This’ll be my 8th year.

4. How many times have you won? 6. Life happened in a really overwhelming way in 2006 so that was a bust. I also did Camp NaNoWriMo this July and hit my goal of 25,000 words.

5. What’s your preferred genre/genre you’re working on this year? I’m going to split my time between an LGBT dystopian YA novel and what may or may not turn into a memoir about the experience of transitioning genders (female to male/non-binary) as an individual who is autistic. Figured it’d be as good a time as any since I began hormone replacement therapy this year and just returned to work last week after having chest reconstruction surgery.

6. Who are you looking to connect with? I’d love to meet some other Bay Area wrimos, or just anyone who thinks we have something in common. I’m an indie author, currently in talks with a small publishing press about one of my novels, so I’d love to connect with others who’re going through the same thing, or even those who are interested in learning more about self or independent press publishing. Feel free to hit me up at any of the links below.

7. Connection details go here!

-NaNoWriMo username: nicayal (used matokah as my name for 2010, otherwise I’ve never used the official site before then)

-Tumblr username: andrue2

-Twitter: matokah (there is it again!)

-Facebook: Here’s my author fan page (I’d love you forever if you liked it)

-Website: My official author website

-Other: How about a picture?

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Also, I created a 30 day NaNoWriMo meme back in 2010. If you need a break from noveling, consider filling it out, maybe.

Okay, your turns.

Cheers,

Andrew ;)

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Dear fellow WriMos: Back up your damn work »

andrue2:

Just a friendly reminder about the myriad of ways you can back up your writing, even in the event of an internet apocalypse (hey, it’s NaNoWriMo and I was trying to be creative…sue me).

I’ve compiled a list at my blog. Check it out or share with less tech-savvy friends.

Figured this would be relevant (and potentially useful) here too.

Good luck as we head toward the last day, guys.

-Andrew

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quasiordinary:

fyeahnanowrimo:

As promised, here’s a picture from the NaNoWriMo Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco, CA.We just finished our first 15 minute word sprint. Some psycho wrote 1,904 words in that time. How the hey…? (It obviously wasn’t me.) 

How much caffiene and/or energy shots did above mentioned psycho that wasn’t you imbibe?!

Okay, so there IS a candy buffet here with an obscene amount of sugar. If they were over 21, though, it’s just as likely they’ve had several alcoholic beverages by now, so that might cancel it out? I’m not sure.
I’ve become the official unofficial picture taker since I hit 50K at the beginning of the event. I also have a perdy “Burger King”-esque crown now. There might be pictures floating around (good gawd).
-Andrew

quasiordinary:

fyeahnanowrimo:

As promised, here’s a picture from the NaNoWriMo Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco, CA.

We just finished our first 15 minute word sprint. Some psycho wrote 1,904 words in that time. How the hey…? (It obviously wasn’t me.) 

How much caffiene and/or energy shots did above mentioned psycho that wasn’t you imbibe?!

Okay, so there IS a candy buffet here with an obscene amount of sugar. If they were over 21, though, it’s just as likely they’ve had several alcoholic beverages by now, so that might cancel it out? I’m not sure.

I’ve become the official unofficial picture taker since I hit 50K at the beginning of the event. I also have a perdy “Burger King”-esque crown now. There might be pictures floating around (good gawd).

-Andrew

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As promised, here’s a picture from the NaNoWriMo Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco, CA.We just finished our first 15 minute word sprint. Some psycho wrote 1,904 words in that time. How the hey…? (It obviously wasn’t me.) 

As promised, here’s a picture from the NaNoWriMo Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco, CA.

We just finished our first 15 minute word sprint. Some psycho wrote 1,904 words in that time. How the hey…? (It obviously wasn’t me.) 

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