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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 5

It's a thousand pages, give or take a few,
I'll be writing more in a week or two.
I can make it longer if you like the style,
I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer,
Paperback writer.

- Lyrics from “Paperback Writer,” by The Beatles

Prompt of the Day: Add something seasonal to your novel - a seasonal food, decoration, or holiday- either appropriately placed (ie, lights on the trees in December) or out of place (a pumpkin in July). If you're in a fantasy realm and haven't already, you'll have to do a little world-building to decide what kinds of seasonal events and celebrations your characters have.

Tip of the Day: BACK UP YOUR WORK.

I said this before, but I know some of you didn't listen to me. Back up your work in at least two places over which you have complete control - a computer owned by a relative or the school doesn't count, and neither does the flash drive you share with six friends.

Second tip (for those of you who did listen the first time):

Most places that offer wi-fi are cool with people camping out to write for a while, but don't be rude about it. If it's the busiest time of the day and you buy a bottle of water and take up a table for two hours, they're going to be annoyed. On the same subject, don't loiter! Unless you have a personal relationship with the staff and/or management and permission to do so, you don't want to go into a business, take up a table, use the wi-fi, and not buy anything. If you can't afford a coffee at least, rethink doing that write-in at Starbucks - maybe the local library would be a better idea.

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