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The best app for NaNoWriMo – 30 Day Novel

best NaNoWriMo app - 30 Day NovelWrite your novel in 30 days with the new app 30 Day Novel. Exercises, inspiration, and valuable advice to help you write a first draft of your novel from start to finish.

Why the 30 Day Novel app is the best NaNoWriMo app out there:

There are plenty of great word-counter apps, as well as apps that allow you to type text in a clean interface on your phone.  30 Day Novel app is different.  It’s a content-rich app that is as educational as it is inspirational. This is an app built by a writer, for writers.
Featuring a day-by-day guide to getting your novel on the page, plus helpful mini-lessons on plot, structure, characterization, dialogue, setting, voice, and more. In addition to the daily guide, a series of 500-word writing prompts will help you get past procrastination to get the bones of your story on the page. The Notes on Craft section includes in-depth articles on the finer points of narrative craft, as well as fascinating stories and advice from successful authors. In the Resources section, you’ll find workbooks, writing classes, and opportunities to submit your work for publication.

Want to write a novel? 30 Day Novel will help you reach the finish line. I developed this app for Fiction Attic Press–a small, independent press I run out of Northern California, which is dedicated to discovering and publishing new writers.

Get it now on the itunes app store.

Writer-friendly features:

  • Use the daily assignments to get your novel out of your head and onto the page.
  • Get a crash course in narrative craft with helpful mini-lessons on plot, structure, characterization, dialogue, setting, voice, and more.
  • A series of 500-word writing prompts will help you get past procrastination and get the bones of your story on the page.
  • The Notes on Craft section includes fascinating stories and advice from successful authors, as well as in-depth articles on the finer points of narrative craft.
  • In the Resources section, you’ll find innovative workbooks, exclusive discounts on writing classes, and opportunities to submit your work for publication, as well as an “ASK” button where you can get answers to your writing questions.
  • At the end of 30 days, you’ll have a first draft of your novel. Once you’re finished, learn the important next steps for revising and publishing your novel.
  • Even after you’ve completed the 30 days of assignments, you’ll find regularly updated content in the form of new 500-word writing prompts and additional notes on narrative craft.

If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but you don’t know where to begin, or if need inspiration and advice to draft your novel, the 30 Day Novel app is for you!


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Michaela Joy Garecht – still missing

Michaela Joy Garecht was kidnapped in Hayward, CA 26 years ago today–on November 19, 1988. She was nine years old. Her mother, Sharon Murch, is still searching for answers.Please share this age progression photo of Michaela & the composite of her suspected kidnapper. If you lived in or near Hayward at the time, please look closely at the photos. It is never too late to find answers.

Michaela Joy Garecht Age Progression (2012)   Michaela Joy Garecht, age 9   Suspect in the kidnapping of Michaela Joy Garecht

Location of kidnapping: the corner of Mission Boulevard and Lafayette in Hayward, CA. At that time it was called Rainbow Market. Today it is Mexico Super. Please share this age progression photo of Michaela and the composite of her suspected kidnapper.

Details (from the website Missing Michaela): “Witnesses described Michaela’s kidnapper as a man in his 20’s, with long, dirty-blonde hair. His most outstanding characteristic was severe acne, like boils. He was driving an older, tannish-gold, full-size sedan, boxy in shape, with body damage. The eyewitness noted his eyes. ‘He had fox eyes,’ she said…”

The case is yet to be solved. If you have any information, please call Inspector Robert Lampkin at the Hayward Police Department (510) 293-7079

Read about Michaela’s kidnapper here.

Visit Sharon Murch’s website for more information about the search for Michaela.

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Livescribe3 Brings the Romance Back to Writing

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my new love affair with the Livescribe3 smarten. Because the proof is in the pen, I thought I’d show you some images of the Livescribe3 at work. Here are the notebook pages in which I drafted this post by hand:

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And here is the partial transcription of my Livescribe3 notes. (On the Livescribe app, you transcribe y right-swiping your handwritten notes on your iPad or iPhone). As you can see, I don’t have the most legible handwriting. In fact, my husband can’t read a word I write. I might have to marry Livescribe, because it clearly understands me much better:

How does Livescribe3 transcription work

Granted, it wasn’t 100% accurate, but it was startlingly close, considering how elusive my handwriting can be. No lost notes, not lost writing…brilliant.

Go here to get Livescribe 3 or check out the other Livescribe products, including the Echo set for students.

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Year of Fog, Golden State, Hum, and other books. She is the publisher of Fiction Attic Press and the creator of The Paperclip Method for writers.

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5 Truths About Writing I Wish I’d Known 20 Years Ago

Last week, I visited California College of the Arts to talk to the current crop of MFA candidates about writing and publishing. I taught at CCA for several years, several years ago, but somewhere along the line I quit teaching in order to spend more time writing. I always enjoyed teaching, though, and it was good to be back there, talking to students who are at the stage I was almost twenty years ago, and who have most of the same concerns that I had at that age.

I hadn’t really prepared anything for my talk, because when you’ve been writing for as long as I have, there’s nothing easier to talk about than writing. It’s like asking a chef to talk about food. Somewhere along the line, it comes naturally. More naturally, probably, than even the writing itself, which has its good days and its bad days. Some days, writing is like drinking water; it feels completely natural. Some days, it’s like drinking lighter fluid; it feels not only unnatural, but also painful.

I asked the students what they wanted to hear about. Were they interested in the publishing world? They were. I talked a bit about that—how it was when I was coming up, and how it’s changed, and why it’s still important to have both a trusted agent and a trusted reader. The conversation veered a bit, and I find myself sounding something like an old-timer, giving the “what I wish I’d known back then” talk. It wasn’t a talk I’d given before, but it just sort of started to roll off of my tongue, because what the students really wanted to know about was the writing life: how to do it, and how to sustain it, and if it was possible, and how.

The why, they didn’t really need to know, because if they did, they wouldn’t be pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. The why for any writer comes down to this: if you’re not writing, you’re not happy. Therefore, you write. Of course, that reasoning implies that writing will always make you happy. For many people, that’s not true at all. What I should say is: when you’re not writing, you’re not fulfilled. That’s better. Want to know if you are really and truly a writer? When you go long periods without writing, you feel a bit empty. When you write well, or at least productively, you feel fulfilled, and often, if you’re lucky, even happy.

Thank you for bearing with me. It’s been, I realize, a long and meandering path so far. But that’s what the writing life is like, and that’s why we’re lucky, and that’s the first thing I wish I’d known about writing twenty years ago: (click Read More to continue to WRITING TRUTH NUMBER 1) (more…)

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Maria Popova’s Animated Essay: Wisdom in the Age of Information

In this stunning collaboration with animator Drew Christie, Maria Popova parses the difference between wisdom and knowledge and ends with a question we should all be asking ourselves. Popova, the brain behind the phenomenal intellect and arts blog Brain Pickings, teamed up with Christie for the Future of Storytelling Conference.

“A great story invites an expansion of understanding.”

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