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R. Scott Kennan
Father, Husband, Writer, Game Designer.
Father, Husband, Writer, Game Designer.

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This is spot on.

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I'd like to apologize to anyone who has me in their circles and has recently been getting my Youtube comments in their feeds. Youtube linked Google + to their comments system and didn't offer a way to opt out.  They have apparently rectified this, so I have de-linked my Google+ account from Youtube, and you won't be getting any more of my random posts from over there. Sorry for the trouble.

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If you're doing Nanowrimo this year, this might be worth thinking about.
A Public NaNo?

This is an idea I've had. I'm tossing it out here for everyone to think about in these last couple of weeks before NaNo begins. If you want to use it, fine. If not, that's fine as well.

The idea is simple. Do your NaNo in public and then post select portions of your writing with an explanation of what you were doing and why to the community.

I think that some posts where people share a single paragraph from their work and then go into detail to explain why they wrote that paragraph the way they did might be helpful. We could pick up tricks and ideas about different ways to handle scenes or specific story moments by the open discussion and analysis of what we are doing.

For example, here's the first paragraph of a story I'm working on now. It needs to be revised, edited and all of that stuff, but I wanted to give people an idea of how a post like this would work.

The breeze felt good against Seneca’s dark fur. For a moment, just a tiny fraction of time, the heat was almost bearable. He closed his eyes and thought of home.

Right off the bat, I'm trying to let the reader know that this character is not human, not on his home planet, and give them a hint about his home world.

I do this by calling attention to the fact that character has fur, show the character taking a moment to remember home, and then by showing him observing the contrast between where he now is and the place where he was born (the temperatures are different).

What do you folks think? Is anyone up to the challenge? Why not create a public document in Google Drive and allow anyone, who wants, to follow along as you create your novel?

Maybe the public NaNo part isn't for you. That's perfectly fine. I understand that. If that's the case, then I hope that you will still consider creating some analysis and explanation posts for individual paragraphs from your work.

#wdgnano #nanowrimo  
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