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Rated: 13+ | Message Forum | Writing | #1474311
Prepare for NaNoWriMo and win prizes!


October NaNo Prep Challenge
aka "The Prep Challenge" or "The Prep"

You CAN win National Novel Writing Month.
Get motivated and do it!

For more information about NaNo:  

The Prep Rules:

*Check2*Each day in October, complete an assignment from the "October Nano Prep: 2014 Calendar [E]. The exercises will help you develop your novel-length story before writing it and prepare for the marathon writing of NaNoWriMo  .

*Check2*Spend at least 15 minutes working on the "Required" assignment each day (no maximum.)

*Check2*Post your first completed assignment by the end of Oct. 3rd.

*Check2*You are never required to post or link your actual writing in the forum. Simply post in the forum that you completed the day's assignment. Example: Day 1 Complete.

*Check2*To compete in one of the four "Contest Rounds," post your entry in {bitem:} or {entry:} format in the forum by the calendar deadline. You are never required to compete in Contest Rounds or link your work. However, you are still required to complete the assignment and post it complete.

*Check2*Contest Round entries may be any rating.

*Check2*Prompts, name generators, brainstorming software and other writing tools are provided but not required. They are simply inspirational tools to get your muse working, since you don't already have your characters, background stories, and settings worked out. Find the writing tools at the bottom of the "October Nano Prep: 2013 Calendar [E].

*Check2*The point is to get you disciplined into writing every day, but life sometimes interferes with even the most disciplined person's good intentions. Therefore, you may catch up on assignments from previous days, so long as you don't go more than three calendar days without posting (based on your local time.) Exceptions available for restricted internet access if arranged in advance, and so long as you continue to work on assignments offline. Please email Brandiwyn♪ for options.

*Check2*If you fall more than three days behind but catch up by October 31st, you may be eligible for runner-up recognition, so please don't give up!

*Check2*The forum may be used for questions, brainstorming about your work, stumbling blocks you're facing, general encouragement of each other, or anything else you would like to discuss related to the Prep, your novel project, or NaNo in general. So that young writers may participate in the Prep, please keep dialog 13+ and below.

The Prep Prizes:

October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge Grand Prizes:
         Contestants who successfully complete all of the "Required" assignments by October 31st without falling more than three days behind win:
         *Bullet* a Determination Merit Badge.
         *Bullet* membership in the elite "NaNoWriMo Sprint Writers Group [E] during the month of November.
         *Bullet* access to the life-saving "NaNoWriMo Brainstorming Forum [13+] during the month of November.

Contest Round prizes:
         *Bullet*1st Place gets a Merit Badge in the genre of his/her novel.
         *Bullet*2nd Place gets 5,000 Gift Points.
         *Bullet*3rd Place gets 2,000 Gift Points.

November NaNoWriMo Grand Prize:
         Contestants who successfully complete NaNoWriMo in November will win a NaNoWriMo Merit Badge.
                   Eligibility requirements for this prize:
                   You must complete at least one Prep calendar assignment by 10/31.
                   You must provide your NaNoWriMo author name in this forum.
                   Your NaNoWriMo account   must reflect at least 50,000 words by 11/30.

Bonus Prize:
         Complete ALL of the "Bonus" assignments by October 31st without falling more than three days behind and win:
         *Bullet* a full-length review of your novel project!
                   Winner must supply the novel (in either draft or completed form) for reviewing by January 31st, 2014.
                   Novel review will be completed by March 31st, 2014.

The Prep Personnel:

Click to Meet Your Prep Leaders
Your Challenge and Assistant Leaders are here to help you, answer your questions, and update the Entry Log with your completed assignments. Throughout October, we will routinely update the log and send out a daily email announcing which participants are still in the running for Merit Badges.

Click to Meet Your Head Cheerleaders
Your Head Cheerleaders are here to motivate you and to reward you for motivating one another in the forum. Our Head Cheerleader will award "Cheerleading" Merit Badges to anyone offering encouragement, whether a contestant or external general supporter.

Click to Meet Your Contest Round Judges
Your judges are here to select the winners of the Contest Rounds. Note that competitors may serve as judges but are not eligible to compete in the Contest Round(s) that they judge. They are still eligible for the Grand Prizes and to compete in the other Contest Rounds.

Click to Meet Your Sponsors - Please take time to review the lists and thank them!

Without the support of these generous sponsors, we could not fund your prizes. Donations are always much appreciated. Please send them to Group#1474310. You can also contribute and encourage one another by buying "(de)Motivational cNotes [18+] or "[ASR] (de)Motivational cNotes [ASR]. The current donation balance will pay for 117 2014 Merit Badges. In 2013, the Prep awarded TBD Merit Badges.

Click to Meet Your Teammates
This group houses both your fellow participants and Prep funds. You may sign up for the Prep by posting your intent in this forum, or simply by posting your first completed assignment by October 3rd. We will automatically add you to the group to receive daily emails. There is no maximum number of contestants, so bring your friends!

Good luck and happy writing!

We are human and make mistakes. Please monitor your progress and information in the Entry Log for accuracy:

Smile CURRENT 2014 ENTRY LOG: Coming Soon! Smile

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