kick-off meeting in BRUM run by xNaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison
- NO PLOT NO PROBLEM was Sunday, October 29 2006, 3.00 to 5.oo pm, at O'Neills
LINKS from topics discussed:-
The free novel writing program
November Spawned: a Novel Writing Handout (2006):
"Here's a handout put together for those attending the kick-off meeting in Birmingham for NaNoWriMo 2006. It's part planning tool, part keepsake, and part something to let me relax at the meet-ups, so I don't have to worry if I don't get through everything I'd like to say!
Anyone's free to download a copy, whether that's for NaNoWriMo or just for writing a novel at any time of the year, and even if they aren't from Birmingham.
With that in mind, we've also put together a region-free version, which leaves out the photographs of our brilliant Birmingham participants, references to local websites, and mentions of our local ML email address.
There are two versions of each. One is A4-sized, for printing out to make a magazine-sized thing. The other is also for printing to A4, but with two pages to a sheet, to create an A5 booklet."
Birmingham A4 version, for printing to A4 paper and then stapling at the left hand side.
Birmingham A5 booklet, for printing to A4 paper and then stapling in the middle.
Rest of the world A4 version, for printing to A4 paper and then stapling at the left hand side.
Rest of the World A5 booklet, for printing to A4 paper and then stapling in the middle.
which led to spin off links :-
Welcome to Silver Age Books! -- Home Page
At Silver Age Books we remember the days when we used to buy a novel and read it the same evening. We ache for the classic Panther, Penguin, Orbit and NEL paperbacks of the 1960s and 1970s, for novels like Drunkard's Walk, Tower of Glass and Foundation, novels we only ever saw on sale second-hand – whole universes packed into less than 200 pages, sealed in a space-black cover. That’s the kind of novel Silver Age Books wants to be known for publishing. However, the money ran out...
And so now we publish magazines, and give them away for free on the internet!"
November Spawned: "In spring 2005 we began publishing a magazine, November Spawned, presenting extracts from some of the best fantasy, sf and horror produced during the eleventh month of the year, aka National Novel Writing Month (see www.nanowrimo.org for details).
We decided to knock it on the head after a year, because inviting contributions proved a bit awkward. However, all four published issues are available to read here, including two novels reproduced in their entirety."
More News from Stephen Theaker
This free novel writing program has evolved over the years into a powerful piece of software, allowing you to break your book into chapters and scenes. Tracking progress is easy with the 'status' flags you can apply to each scene: outline, draft, 1st edit, 2nd edit or done.
Because losing work is the pits, this program will also create autobackups by date and time, as frequently as once a minute if desired. These can be browsed at will, making it easy to revert to an earlier version of your work. Includes a text editor, project overview, daily change log and much more.
I've used this program to write three complete novels of 90,000+ words each. I would never have finished them without it.
from my email:-
We hope you are as excited as we are about this year's event! To begin with, note that we have two MLs (Municipal Liaisons) for Birmingham this year - Stephen (username Rolnikov), back for a third year as ML, and Annika (username Satu), ML-ing for the first time.
We've arranged the kick-off meeting for this Sunday, October 29, 3.00 pm, at O'Neills in the Arcadian (see www.thearcadian.co.uk). If you need help finding your way there, we'd recommend google maps - at the bottom of this message there's a direct link to a google map showing where the Arcadian is relative to Colmore Row (though the directions shown are intended for cars rather than pedestrians).
There's no need to RSVP, and if you want to come for just half an hour at the beginning or the end, that's fine. We've reserved an area, and you can ask at the bar if you can't find us. We'll just be having a drink or two, talking about our novels, and getting to know the other writers in the area. It's scheduled to last for two hours.
I'm afraid only over-18s will be able to get into the pub this time - but if any under-18s are keen to meet up, email or PM Satu or me and we could always arrange to meet up for the hour beforehand at the Green Room, just around the corner (accompanying parents will be more than welcome).
Hope you can make it on Sunday. Don't hesitate to get in touch, and do try to drop by the Birmingham regional forum sometime (see link below) to introduce yourself, if you haven't already. At the same time, though, don't worry if you don't get around to doing any of that. The main thing is just to write your novel - meet-ups and forums are just an extra bit of fun!
Good luck on November 1st!
Stephen and Annika
MLs for Birmingham
link to our Regional forum:
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