NaperWriMo = NaNoWriMo + Illinois::Naperville
Welcome to the MediaWiki instance supporting the Illinois::Naperville region (representing the cities and suburbs west of Chicago) 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.
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 cities and suburbs west of Chicago. Do visit our calendar of events (most events are October-December).
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.
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. CreateSpace each of the past few years has, as a promotion, 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
Things Useful To Writers
These are links to online references useful to writers.
- Preparatory Workshops
- useful references for writers
- Vim for Writers - how to most effectively use the ViM modal text editor for novel planning and writing
- Book Recommendations
- software for writers and Planning software
- plot emergency twists
- Use of emotional response
- Thoughts on a better noveling tool (based on Papel)
- Notes on Editing -- from the DucKon 19 Editing Workshop led by Tom Lee
- Writer's Die -- a handy, dandy tool for writers who have a d10 or d20
- Finding your writer's voice
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
For the calendar and latest event information, see naperwrimo.org/events.
- Pictures from the 2010 TGIO
- 2010 word war with Calgary
- 2010 NaperWriMo scanpost graphs
- 2010 Naperville graph (whole region)
- 2010 Events
- 2010 Flyers
Note: Illinois::Naperville has existed as a separate region since 2005; for more information, see Region history
Regional IRC Chatroom
How to register
If you used the chat rooms last year you should go to the login page. New users need to register first.
To register, go to this URL: http://chatnano.net/IrcUsers/register_wrimo
- Fill in Nick (same as here only with no spaces)
- Choose region from drop-down menu
- E-mail address
- Click Submit
Logging in via your web browser
Once you are registered you ALWAYS login at http://chatnano.net/IrcUsers/login
Put in the Nick and password you registered with.
Logging in via a dedicated client
This is probably the better path to take--dedicated clients usually perform better than web clients and have more features. pidgin is a very good multi-platform client. Byrd IRC client for Google Chrome might work well for Chromebooks.
If you prefer a client to Mibbit, you need to point your client at irc.kydance.net, port 6667, and login using the name you registered at the first URL given.
If you are logging in using a client, you will need to enter your password when you do so. The command for this is /ns identify PASSWORD where you change PASSWORD to your actual password that you registered with.
With pidgin, it is possible to automate this step:
- Enable your IRC account.
- Add NickServ to your IRC buddy list
- Right-click the new buddy (NickServ) and click "Add Buddy Pounce" to create a new pounce
- Make sure "Signs on" is the only checked box in the "Pounce When Buddy..." section
- Make sure "Send a message" is checked under "Action"
- Enter the message:
- Make sure "Recurring" is checked beneath "Options" or the pounce will work only once
- Click Save to save the pounce.
IMPORTANT: Note that you do not include '/msg nickname' as part of the message in the pounce.
If you need help
Any problems with the process should be directed to email@example.com. Please include Nick, password, region, and chat room name in the e-mail.
If you don't want to be distracted during word wars, you might like to hang out in the bottom three rooms in this list. They're all about the writing!
#nanowrimo #distractionsprints #malswarroom #nanowordsprints
Also, if you're curious about other regions' channels, have a look at the list on this page: http://chatnano.net/IrcUsers/regions
To join a room, log into the chat and then type /join #CHANNEL where you change CHANNEL to the name of the room.
There is a wordwar bot called Timmy. Here are the wordwar commands: Since it has been requested: is all of Timmy's commands.
- !startwar <duration> [<start delay> [<war name>]]
- Starts a war with the given duration, after start delay.
- Duration and Start Delay are in minutes
- War Name is what to call the war. Defaults to <YourName>’s War
- !endwar <war name>
- Only the creator of a war or a bot admin can end a war early
- Lists running wars in this channel
- Lists all wars running on this instance of Timmy
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.