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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 NaNoWriMo: nanowrimo.org
"I have never done a novel prep before, but most of what you are having us do is looking to be seriously helpful. Whether or not it makes any difference to NaNo, it is helping me understand what exactly I want to write." - JaceCar
"Everytime I see [the Prep jumping up on my favorites list] my brain jumps into brainstorming mode." - Sarah Rae
"I have a countdown to NaNo on my phone. How can it be only 50 days away? I'm not nearly ready! Thank goodness for the Prep Challenge." - Kwills
The Prep Rules:
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 .
Spend at least 15 minutes working on the "Required" assignment each day (no maximum.)
Log your first completed assignment by the end of Oct. 3rd using the Assignment Log Entry Form.
You are never required to link your actual writing. Just tell us you finished the assignment. You are on the honor system.
To compete in one of the four "Contest Rounds," include the Entry or Item ID# and check "Yes" in the "Contest Entry" field in the Assignment Log Entry Form. . You are never required to compete in Contest Rounds or link your work. However, you are still required to complete and log the assignments on Contest Round days.
Contest Round entries may be any rating.
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: 2014 Calendar" [E].
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 72 hours without logging a completed assignment. Exceptions available for restricted internet access if arranged in advance, and so long as you continue to work on assignments offline. Please email Brandiwyn♪ Stormtrooper for options.
If you fall more than 72 hours behind but catch up by October 31st, you may be eligible for runner-up recognition, so please don't give up!
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:
Successfully complete all of the "Required" assignments by October 31st without falling more than 72 hours behind and win:
a Determination Merit Badge.
membership in the elite "NaNoWriMo Sprint Writers Group" [E] during the month of November.
access to the life-saving "NaNoWriMo Brainstorming Forum" [13+] during the month of November.
Contest Round prizes:
1st Place gets a Merit Badge in the genre of their novel.
2nd Place gets 5,000 Gift Points.
3rd Place gets 2,000 Gift Points.
November NaNoWriMo Grand Prize:
Successfully complete NaNoWriMo in November and 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 via the Assignment Log Entry Form. .
Your NaNoWriMo account must reflect at least 50,000 words by 11/30.
Successfully complete all of the "Required" and "Bonus" assignments by October 31st and win:
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 Leaders are here to help you, answer your questions, encourage and inspire you. Throughout October, we will 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. 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].
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:
Entry Logs From Previous Years:
October NaNo Prep: 2013 Entry Log
October NaNo Prep: 2012 Entry Log
October NaNo Prep: 2011 Entry Log
October NaNo Prep: 2010 Entry Log
"October NaNo Prep: 2009 Entry Log" [E]
"October NaNo Prep: 2008 Entry Log" [E]