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Book in a month (nanowrimo)

National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo) was first launched in 1999 and is an Internet based project to help people achieve their goal of writing a novel. The objective for people to write a novel of more than 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. At the end of writing period, you can upload your work and the number of words are counted to see if you have met the target. In 2011, 256,618 people entered and 36,843 (~14%) achieved the 50,000 word target*.

In our opinion, the nanowrimo website provides a lot of facilities to help it's members and is a good way to get started in novel writing. They say themselves the emphasis is on quantity and not quality which could not be considered as an ideal concept for the writer whose aim is to eventually get published. However, nanowrimo is a great way to get started in the noble art of novel writing. If you don't achieve the 50,000 word goal, we don't think it really matters as you have made the first steps in getting going. With an emphasis on writing a lot, but not of the best quality you can achieve, is also not a problem. When the month of November finishes, you can go back and start improving the quality of the content around the framework you have created.

We like nanowrimo. We believe everyone has a novel in them and nanowrimo helps provide a route for them to them to achieve it!

*NewNovelist is not affiliated or represents nanowrimo in anyway and the figures quoted are from the nanowrimo website.

Why is NewNovelist 3 your ideal nanowrimo companion?
Newnovelist 3
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1) Unique templating methodology - get your structure together in break-neck time.
The NewNovelist method is a tried and proved way of initially getting your story structure together. Using templates you can have your starting structure together in minutes. This structure can then advise you, using creative writing techniques, at every stage of your novel. The template is just a starting point and does not constrain you in any way - it just gives you advice. Few other novel writing software packages have this functionality and those that do are far more expensive.
2) All the structuring tools you will need - organize your novel elements and weave them into your plot.
You can build up a vast array of characters, places objects etc in the Resources section and then build them into your Storyboard and define their interactions. When you are writing your prose you have all this information to hand as well as the template advice. Everything is where you want it.
3) Extensive word count for your complete work and weightings across chapters.
At any time you can see how you are getting on with the word count facilities. Not only will this will tell you how many words you have written in total but also tell you how many in each chapter. If you want to take things further it will even provide you with an reading age estimate for your audience using theoretical methods like Gunning-Fog and Flesch-Kincaid.
4) Powerful Text Editor with multilingual Microsoft spell checker.
NewNovelist 3 uses Microsoft WPF technology and provides a rich text editor tailored to novel writing. As part of this it uses the Microsoft spell checker and supports the native language you are using on your computer.

5) Dictate your novel using speech recognition.
NewNovelist 3 includes speech recognition on Windows 7 or Vista computers using the Microsoft speech engine.  This allows you to dictate your novel to your computer rather than type it. If you want a high word count - quick, this can help. There is a caveat that the performance of the Microsoft engine can vary depending on dialect and accents. To get the best results you may need to spend a little time optimizing it by tailoring your computer to your voice.
6) Very simple to use - get familiar quick!
Unlike at lot of similar packages, with NewNovelist we have not lost sight of the end game - you want to write a novel and not spend loads of time working out how to use our software. A lot of effort has been put into making the user interface intuitive and easy to use. We have used the Microsoft WPF technology to make things graphically rich and a pleasure to use.  

If you are considering having a go with writing a book in a month with nanowrimo, we wish you luck and hope you will consider letting our software help you achieve your pursuit.
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Creative writing and learning how to write a novel can be exceptionally hard. First, you have to learn the basics, then you have to practice... and practice... and practice. And you also have to research what makes a successful novel. The vast majority of novels adopt a basic formula, and we incorporate these within NewNovelist.

Whilst throughout these additional information pages we have provided tips and 'how-to' advice, the real gold dust is in our software program (available on CD or to download). It is based on tuition from the leading university Creative Writing course in England (University of East Anglia), and uses templates to provide you with the structure you might otherwise spend years researching. These templates can teach you the basics to writing all different types of novel: crime, mystery, detective, fantasy, childrens, thrillers, military and many many more. In short, it provides you with a virtual tutor.

In addition to the template structure, there is context sensitive help available - advising you on timing, tone and beat - and scores of examples drawn from modern and classical literature. For beginners this will be a revelation. For more experienced writers it provides a welcome refresher.
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