- 1 NaperWriMo = NaNoWriMo + Illinois::Naperville
- 2 Things Useful To Writers
- 3 Illinois::Naperville Events and Resources
- 4 Related Links
- 5 Other
NaperWriMo = NaNoWriMo + Illinois::Naperville
Welcome to the MediaWiki instance supporting the Illinois::Naperville region (representing the Chicago Western Suburbs) of the National Novel Writing Month contest that is held every November. Feel free to look around and help edit pages on this wiki. See these instructions on MediaWiki markup and these help instructions. Visit our blog for the latest news and helpful articles or our NaNoWriMo regional forum. We also have a cafepress shop that helps offset our local expenses. Our 2009 events list is now available
What is NaNoWriMo?
See the official explanation and our local Frequently Asked Questions list/press release. In brief, NaNoWriMo is the National Novel Writing Month contest that is intended to help people write and complete their own 50,000+ word novel in the 30 days of November each year. What is the prize? A sense of completion and a handsome PDF file certificate. Lulu.com each of the past several years has, as a promotional event, given each NaNoWriMo winner a paperback copy of their completed book. NaNoWriMo works because of the enthusiasm, energy and supportive spirit of the participants, which is expressed in the NaNoWriMo forums and in live regional events like the ones hosted by Illinois::Naperville.
NaNoWriMo How-to Guides and Lists
- How do I participate?
- How to ensure you have set your Home region on NaNoWriMo
- a NaNoWriMo website wishlist
- Pomegranate's Guide for Hosting Write-Ins
- What to do the rest of the year?
What is NaperWriMo?
NaNoWriMo provides the international organization, structure and online forums but relies on local (regional) organizations for the face-to-face support and local events (preparatory events and write-ins) that really enrich the whole NaNoWriMo experience. NaperWriMo is what we call our local extension to NaNoWriMo. We (the West Suburban Writers) regionally represent the whole western suburbs of Chicago.
We're a fun group that even has our own regional songs, which have figured into our friendly wagers with other NaNoWriMo regions over total regional wordcount.
How old do I have to be? NaNoWriMo actually has two programs:
Things Useful To Writers
These are links to online references useful to writers.
- useful references for writers
- Book Recommendations
- software for writers -- NEW
- plot emergency twists
- Use of emotional response
- Thoughts on a better noveling tool (based on Papel)
Other lists, sites and articles
- writer's resources (alden.nu)
- Truck Poetry's NaNo Tools
- NaNoWriMo helpful resources from National Novel Finishing Month
- NaNo Tools
- Behind The Name random name generator recommended by [.Ka.Destiny.]
- Kathy's NaNo Rewards - motivational aids for NaNoWriMo
Illinois::Naperville Events and Resources
- MLs: NewMexicoKid, KatherineWriting, TRRDEDEAN
- MLs: NewMexicoKid, KatherineWriting
- Our 2008 events calendar and FAQ
- A link to our forum on the nanowrimo site
- Our 2008 frappr map
- frequently asked questions list (including our 2008 Press Release)
- Our cafepress shop that helps offset our local expenses
- The Pledge - strawman proposal (12/03/07)
- a page where we can introduce ourselves
- Interesting article about Chicago, Naperville and the whole suburbia thing. Also see the Naperville article and the Aurora article.
- MLs: NewMexicoKid, scrtprncs, tinygreyhound
- Visit the official Word War page of our 2007 challenge against Ottawa (we won!).
- 2007 Word Counts - just a scratch pad for people to keep track of their daily wordcounts when the main site is down or slow.
- Schedule of Events for 2007
- 2007 Event Locations
- 2007 Flyer
- 2007 frappr map
- MLs: NewMexicoKid, stout_chap, scrtprncs
- See details about the word war with Quebec::Montreal in 2006 (total wordcount)
- See our 2006 frappr map
- 2006 graph and statistics
- MLs: BERaven and NewMexicoKid
- graphs from the 2005 NaNoWriMo plus statistics
- See our 2005 frappr map (shows the location of our members in 2005)
Regional Jabber Chatroom
Introduced in 2006
- information about the Jabber chat room(s) -- this is a great resource for quick, online word wars and support in November, especially for those who are unable to make it to the Sunday write-ins.
- If you're just starting out with wiki's, you're welcome to go to the scratch pad to try out editing functions. Note that you will need to register (free) to edit any pages.