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Giveawaybig2 by Mewitti

Hi all! I'd like to celebrate the Pokemon Gen 3 remakes by going all-out with an art contest AND a giveaway. Both of these events will have 15 winners each! Prizes include plushies, free art, and multiple chances to win a copy of the upcoming Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire games. Keep reading to learn how to enter!

GIVEAWAY

Available prizes:

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire game preorder (1 available)
  • Adorable Treecko, Mudkip, or Torchic plushie (1 of each available)
  • Super cool drawing by me (1 available - here are some examples of my work)
  • Fancypants Kyogre & Groudon pendant keychain (5 available)
  • Badass Rayquaza keychain (5 available)

How to enter:

To enter, favorite this journal! That's it! You can also reblog the giveaway's Tumblr post to enter yourself a second time. (No giveaway blogs, please.) If you enter the art contest, your name will be entered in the giveaway an extra three times, for a max of five entries per person.

Winning:

I will randomly pick 15 unique winners. You can't win multiple times in the giveaway, but it is possible to win in the art contest and also win in the giveaway. I will contact you based on the site you won on--so if I picked your username from the Tumblr reblogs, I will send you a Tumblr ask, if I picked your username from the dA post favorites, I will send you a dA note, etc.

The first winner can choose any prize they want (only one game/plushie/keychain per winner), the second winner can pick anything the first-place winner didn't claim, and so on until all 15 have prizes.

The giveaway ends on November 9 at 11:55pm EST. I will send notifications to the winners within one day. Winners MUST respond with their address/prize preferences within 24 hours or I will pick someone else. Sorry for the strictness here, but I need to wrap up the contest quickly so that people who choose OR/AS preorders can cancel any existing preorders and non-winners can get their own preorders on time.


ART CONTEST

Available prizes:

  • Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire game preorder (2 available!)
  • Giant, fuzzy Kyogre plushie (1 available)
  • Huggable, fierce Groudon plushie (1 available)
  • Super cool drawing by me (1 available - here are some examples of my work)
  • Fancypants Kyogre & Groudon pendant keychain (5 available)
  • Badass Rayquaza keychain (5 available)

How to enter:

Send your entry/entries to me via deviantART note or email them to me at mewitti@gmail.com, with the subject "ORAS Contest".
 Include your entry, your username, and the fastest method to get in contact with you if you win.

What to draw:

Your entry should be something that a Hoenn resident or company might make to show off the unique things that Hoenn has to offer to a prospective tourist. For example: a 'postcard' of a famous Hoenn landmark, 'pamphlets' for tours that showcase the native Pokemon, posters advertising Hoenn events, travel photographs of you and your team visiting the region, or anything else you can think of! This is deliberately open-ended, so get creative.

Rules:

  • All visual artistic mediums are allowed (traditional, digital, drawings, sculpture, typography, web design, etc)
  • You may use official Pokemon artwork in your entries, but otherwise only submit work you created yourself.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but only one can win per artist.
  • You may collaborate with others, just remember there will be only one prize per winning entry.
  • If you enter the art contest, your name will be automatically entered in the giveaway three times! You will not get extra entries in the giveaway if you submit multiple entries for the art contest.

Winning Categories, in order:

  • First Place Overall
  • Second Place Overall
  • Third Place Overall
  • Most Creative
  • Funniest
  • 10 runner-ups

Winners can pick any prize from the available prizes as long as it isn't already taken. First-place winner gets first dibs, second-place can choose anything the first-place winner didn't claim, and so on until everyone's chosen a prize.

The contest ends on November 9 at 11:55pm EST. I will send notifications to the winners within one day. There will be NO extensions, and winners MUST respond with their address/prize preferences within 24 hours or I will pick a different winner. Sorry for the strictness here, but I need to wrap up the contest quickly so that people who choose OR/AS preorders can cancel any existing preorders and non-winners can get their own preorders on time.

OTHER INFO

If you win, you must be willing to share your name and address and soul so I can mail you your prize! Please don't enter this contest/giveaway if you are not willing to give out your address. I can ship to regions outside the US, and you do NOT have to pay any shipping fees no matter where you live.

Prize specifics: 

  • OR/AS preorders will be ordered via Amazon.com with release-day delivery, so they should arrive on November 21st for US addresses. You get to choose which game you want. These will be physical cartridges, not digital downloads. If you live outside the US or have a non-US-region 3DS: Please check your 3DS's region and let me know! I should be able to get you the appropriate region game, but I can't guarantee release-day delivery. If you can find the appropriate region game on Amazon or another site that allows online preorders, that would be a huge help. From what I've seen, all OR/AS games will be playable in English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. You just need to have the correct region for your 3DS.
  • The plushies are official Pokemon Center merchandise that were released this September. This is how big they are!
  • The keychains are handmade and will never be available anywhere else! The Kyogre/Groudon keychains are double-sided glass pendants, and the Rayquaza keychains are made from sturdy, sealed shrink-plastic.
  • Drawings from me will be delivered digitally in high-resolution PNG format. If you choose to get a drawing from me as a prize, I will draw pretty much anything you want--except for sexual situations, excessive gore, or hateful images. It needs to be PG-ish.

If you are wondering why exactly I am giving away all this expensive stuff, see this post.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch. Have fun, everyone!

:star: THE RAFFLE IS CLOSED :star:


Waaaah I can't believe it T////T 1296 people taking part in this raffle ;___;!!! THANKS THANKS THANKS!!!I LOVE YOU T////T!!!
I'll surely make more and more raffles!! :la: :heart:

But now the winner of this raffle ;///v///;

THE WINNER IS :iconkuimei: \;///v///;/ yaaaah I'm so happy for you T///u///T <3 <3 <3

When Kuimei choose her favourite pillow the others five will be put on sale ;u; <3 <3 :huggle:

Thanks a lot again to everyone to taking part in this raffle and see you soon again in the next *////v///* <3 <3

Feel free to remove this journal if you want <3

Winner Raffle 10 by Piffi-adoptables





[OPEN]FREE ADOPT RAFFLE 10 - Pillow Pet by Piffi-adoptables
Another little raffle for some Pillow Pet ;///v///; we love them a lot and we want make one of them for free \;//v//;/ <3 <3 <3

We are in vacation finally afer a very busy and tired summer ;__; finally some days of vacation T///^///T we spend our time to finish the old things and to make some new adopts \;//v///;/ But now ENJOY THE RAFFLE :la: *v* :heart:

What can you win?



  • One adoptables at your choice between those shown , they are a little project we called "Pillow Pet" they are little pet/character like a Pillow , sometimes with animal features ;u;

  • Only one winners , after raffles end the 5 adoptables left will be put for sale ;v; ( we make a poll to advertise about one hour before ;u; )


Required to win



  • Fav this Journal

  • Watch it's not necessary to win , but really appreciated it if you like our works enough to wish one of them ;//////v/////; <3 ( thanks ;v; )

  • You don't have to ask if you can partecipate , just fav this journal and you are in ;v;


NOT required to win but appreciated



  • Comment with the adopt you'd choose if winning , we love a lot know your taste ;///u///;


General Rules



  • This raffle end in 48 hours

  • I'll choose the winner with random.org between fav numbers




Thanks again \;v;/ :heart: see you soon in the next raffle >///v///<

Our main account : Shatik / our non-human account : Piffi-pi 
Our sister Mimru


Skin by SimplySilent
  • Mood: Adoration
I recently got 40,000 points to help myself out, but after some time I didn't want to use them, so I wanted to give
someone else the points, so I made this giveaway.

Looking at some other giveaways, I see that there are rules and places etc. Since this is my first giveaway, there is only
1 place, there is no second or third place as this is my first giveaway but I may do other giveaways with more places in
the future.

And the rules to enter this are:

Favourite this Giveaway

Make a journal about this giveaway

Leave a comment below with a link to the completed journal you made

That's it, unless you want to give me a watch or Llama or check out my gallery then you can feel free but you don't have to.

This giveaway will end on 10th November and the winner will be announced.

Good luck to everyone!

**EDIT**

Please MAKE SURE YOU ADD THIS JOURNAL TO YOUR FAVORITES this will be YOUR ENTRY!!

Also received notes about max points being 20,000..

Fixing this issue once and for all. Whoever wins I will send them 20,000 points. I will then ask them if they want the other 20,000 points on a new account I make (or an account the winner makes, if the winner prefers) or if they prefer being paid the $250.

So the prizes are:

20,000 points AND $250

or

20,000 points AND 20,000 points on new account

Winners' choice.

That is all! :D

400 Points Giveaway

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2014, 9:57 PM




It's finished, winner will be announced in a few hours.





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:heart: :iconnoire-ighaan: :iconniziolek: :heart:
(Don't mind me, it's just me being gay)

The Shape of Things to Come

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 6:26 PM


You want change on DeviantArt.  Everyone here has something they would change.  We do listen and, yes, we can’t get everything done. Still, as a community, with any change we change together because we are all here together.  

We found major talent to join the DeviantArt team this year to help us assume responsibility for major change and deliver on it.  In return, we will be calling on the whole community to exercise its responsibility of continuing to shape DeviantArt into the place where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.

DeviantArt is as binary as it is digital in its platform.  We serve equally those who produce art as those who need to see art and engage with it.  Creating the undercurrent is a function of tools as much as it is a function of community activity.  Getting these two to work in unison has always been the secret sauce of DeviantArt  and every recipe for the sauce begins with the community.

This is the shape of things to come.

New Mobile App!


They wanted me to say “new” Mobile App but really it’s not new, it’s the “amazing” Mobile App! As you all know it will be our very, very first official DeviantArt Mobile App. You’ll be able to access the entire community from your mobile devices. You’ll be able to submit art as you see it. You’ll be able to connect and browse endlessly. It’s a whole new way to experience DeviantArt.  It will turn the undercurrent towards a massive flood of creativity. When?  You won’t have to wait long.

New Site Features


There are several new site features that are all designed to liberate creative expression and advance this community:

Collections:
Art curators are the unsung heroes of DeviantArt. Collections display breathtaking, thought-provoking, emotional and brilliant galleries gathered from, and then dedicated to, the community.  You’ll get to watch Collections as they happen! Collections will be given a bigger role on the site with increased visibility, new discovery tools, and a showcase to highlight the best of the best.

The Today Page:
This is where you will want to have your morning coffee. Every day, the Today page editorial team will draw from and reflect back to the community a vibrant combination of news, features, curations and conversations about this community and its impact, pulsing into the undercurrent as the heartbeat of DeviantArt. When DeviantArt first launched and for years later it had a news section.  The Today page brings that back to an audience that has grown immeasurably in size influence and interests.  The scope is immense.

Activity Feeds:
As we designed for Mobile we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed, already with our beta testers, is a real-time sequential delivery of every Journal, deviation, Collection, Status Update, Poll, Forum thread and Critique posted by your watchlist. From the Activity Feed you can comment or you can post new Status Updates. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.  

Status Updates:
We’ve now added the ability to post short Status Updates to your profile or to the Activity Feed as an alternative to using Journals. It’s another push from our designs for Mobile. The simple and direct format of a Status Update lets you create informal conversations with your watchers; something Deviants have needed and requested for a long time.  Use these to share how you’re feeling, what you think about, what you’re working on, or to link your watchers to the work of an artist you love. On the Mobile App you’ll be able to use them on the go. Our new Tags will also work in Status Updates.

New Site Navigation:
New navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of DeviantArt. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered, What’s Hot, Activity Feed and Today will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you  a kind of obvious convenience we will try to focus on across the board as we introduce fresh design. This is the kind of change that does require time to get used to. My bet is in seven days you’ll be fine.

Tags:
We’ve already launched the beginnings of Tags on DeviantArt.  Tags let you group deviations, Journals, Status Updates, and comments by subject instead of category and will let you add them to other subject groupings. All content with the same Tags are grouped onto Tag pages that let you follow the full activity of the community on a given subject.  We’ve missed a way to connect the DeviantArt community with trending events. When you dip into the undercurrent, Tags are a way to do it with passengers.  

Daily Deviations:
We are giving new prominence to Daily Deviations lifting them up off of the footer. It’s amazing work from every corner of the community and it belongs up-front and center! In the Mobile App they will be available as a separate browse category and the same change will be made on the website in the new Header as a part of the new site navigation.  

A Fresher Look and Feel


All of these changes, particularly Mobile, made us re-examine the way the site looks and feels. As we design these new features and functions, the look on the site will be cleaner and simplified.

In early feedback we have heard concerns that DeviantArt will look like Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. That’s not our shape to come.  Mobile is here, and we have to be ready to function within that platform and its conventions. We will start pushing Mobile to do things just like we pushed the Web. On our way, it may look like we are conforming to others; but, DeviantArt will always be devious.

We went through a deep process of re-examination and definition over the past months.  Some of that came out in the Celebrate DeviantArt's 14th Birthday Journal. Now you will actually begin to see a re-imagined us.

It’s time for change, both actual and symbolic.  We intend to seize this time together. We will in fact:







CLOSED - 600 POINT GIVEAWAY

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 2:00 PM
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FINAL NUMBERS ARE BEING ASSIGNED.

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW.Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Hi Everyone! Since Fall's coming around,

I figure now would be a good time to host a quick giveaway!


THE PRIZE HAS NOW BEEN DOUBLED TO 600 POINTS

I made it onto dA's front page! ;v;

Thanks everyone!



I'm doing a giveaway to help draw some traffic to my page as well! It's very VERY hard to get ahead on dA, and I really have no other options ;x;'
I'm a good artist, so please check out my gallery! ; ;



Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoRULES:Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Favorite this Journal entry! ( +1 Number )
Once you favorite, leave a comment saying you did, and I'll assign you a number!
Please DO NOT  remove your favorite until after the giveaway ends, or you will be disqualified!


Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoOPTIONAL BONUS ENTRIES:Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Make a journal advertising the giveaway and link it back here! ( +2 Numbers )

Watch me and favorite some artwork! ( +1 Number )



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Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko**Optional Entries Notice**Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoPumpkin Solo Divider - F2U! by Drache-LehrePumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko

Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-nekoOnly NEW watchers may receive another number for WATCHING me.Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
I want to encourage new users to take a look at my artwork, and I've been struggling to do that, so the second option will only apply to those who have not watched me before. Do not try to cheat this rule, I have a tallied list.

Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
IF YOU DO THE OPTIONAL ENTRIES, PLEASE SPECIFY WHICH ONES YOU DID!
Failure to do this may end up in skipped entry numbers, and I will not be responsible for that!
Pumpkin LA Icon by lover-of-yaoi-neko
Winner will be decided through a random number generator!

I hope this all goes well!
In the meantime, checkout some of my artwork! ;v;

Lord Hyacinth [open] by Solar-ParagonCrimson Dreamer [open] by Solar-ParagonTundra Drake [SOLD] by Solar-Paragon
Prince Of September [SOLD] by Solar-ParagonNocturnal Acrobat [open] by Solar-ParagonGodina Of Embers [open] by Solar-Paragon

Starglider [OPEN] by Solar-ParagonQuasar Killer [open] by Solar-ParagonSunset Spirit [For Sale] by Solar-Paragon
Divine Healer [SOLD] by Solar-ParagonCOM: Drakequine Design Custom by Solar-ParagonFeather Mage [SOLD] by Solar-Paragon
Moonrise Spirit [Open] by Solar-ParagonCOM: Hellhawk Custom Design by Solar-Paragon
Sun Priestess [SOLD] by Solar-ParagonZhimatu Ghouls - OPEN [1/3] (Rare) by Solar-Paragon
Vibrant Mariner [Sold] by Solar-Paragon
COM: Sea Siren Custom by Solar-Paragon
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CUSTOMS:
Paypal Customs List: OPENGeneral rules:
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue]
MY COMMISSIONS AND CUSTOMS ARE NOW SPLIT JOURNALS.
1. Payment can be either half-half, or up-front. Upfront payments will be taken if the custom needs to be done quickly, or if I am working on a time-based schedule.
2. The prices listed are general. They may not apply to your specific custom. Your custom may be cheaper or more expensive, depending on what you want drawn. If you want a true quote, please just note me. I don't bite. uvu
3. All commissioners will receive the full, unwatermarked image of their custom, for their private use. Only the watermarked images may be used by the commissioner..
4. THIS JOURNAL IS NOT FOR GENERAL COMMISSIONS. FOR THOSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE: http://solar-paragon.deviantart.com/journal/Paypal-Commissions-List-OPEN-Slots-3-7-461092471
5. If you


COMMISSIONS:
Paypal Commissions List : OPENGeneral rules:
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue:[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue]
MY COMMISSIONS AND CUSTOMS ARE NOW SPLIT JOURNALS.
1. Payment can be either half-half, or up-front. Upfront payments will be taken if the commission needs to be done quickly, or if I am working on a time-based schedule.
2. The prices listed are general. They may not apply to your specific commission. Your commission may be cheaper or more expensive, depending on what you want drawn. If you want a true quote, please just note me. I don't bite. uvu
3. All commissioners will receive the full, unwatermarked image of their commission, for their private use, which may not be used publicly.
4. THIS JOURNAL IS NOT FOR CUSTOM DESIGNS. FOR THOSE, PLEASE CLICK HERE: (http://solar-paragon.deviantart.com/journal/Paypal-Customs-List-OPEN-461098110 )
5. If you have any questions at all, pl


SPECIALTY/POINT COMMISSIONS:
Specialty Point/USD Discount Commissions OPENPoint commissions are only applicable to certain art types, as follows. Paypal is a buying option for all commission types throughout this specialty journal, and my regular commission journal.
These are Specialty commissions which don't fit in my regular journal. They're discount buying types not readily available from me, and are a bit cheaper than my full-scale artwork.
THESE ARE ALL EXPERIMENTAL STYLES.
My main commissions journal is here: http://fav.me/d7mit87
All rules are still applicable for these.
Just ask if you have a question! ouo
Prices slightly lower for less-detailed characters, just ask if your character applies for a discount!
I have a very fast turn-out time .u.
Once this journal closes, all prices will go up and will not be available at this tier anymore.
USD Buyers will receive a slightly higher-quality image than Points buyers.
Sorry but, I have bills. ono;

PRICES:


1. Simple 600px Icon

110:points: OR $1.20 USD

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October Monthly Giveaway! 25 points! (OPEN)

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 3, 2014, 6:55 PM


*Winner will get 25 Points*
Chosen using random.org


How to enter?
-Fave this journal (It will be your number)
-Watch me ONLY IF YOU LIKE MY ART.

Please don't say "Fave" or "entered" or "done." It's going to spam my inbox. I already got your messages when you faved! xD
Instead, maybe ask me a question or say what you would like to see from  me in the future >w<

Giveaway ends 10/28/14


Commission info


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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: The Prodigy- The Big Showdown

So, to show how much I appreciate the love Deviantart has given me all these years I decided to giveaway 10,000 points. 

Rules:

1. Be a Watcher (This is to give back to the people who have supported me). Yes you can be a new watcher.

2. Fave the Journal and that is your ticket number. It will be at random.

If you feel like making a journal about the contest I would be absolutely grateful but it's not a requirement.

Winners will be announced November 15

2 Winners will recieve 5,000 points.
4 Winners will recieve a Free Month Premium Subscription.

Good Luck to everyone and have a great day!

Anthony

Edit: October 14th, Just wanted to also post that I started up a new Facebook Book Page so feel free to add it here. www.facebook.com/APresleyPhoto

Ready, Set, NaNo!

Thu Oct 9, 2014, 5:49 PM
So it's that time of the year again and we're all racing around trying to get our bits together for NaNoWriMo.  OR, we're laughing at the people running around trying to get all their bits together for NaNo.  :giggle:  In the past, I've written articles on what NaNo is and how to prepare for it.  This isn't one of those articles.  Well, not entirely.  Let's start with the glaringly obvious.

What's the point of NaNo?


If you answered "To write a 50k Word Count Novel in a month's time," you're wrong.  NaNo is about conditioning writers to write regularly, keep those creative juices flowing and to work under pressure.  November is a busy month.  Students are back in school.  Parents are dealing with said students.  In the United States, we have Thanksgiving and of course everyone is getting ready for Christmas.  Add in clearing 1,667 words a day and we're talking about some major pressure.  But that's the point.  If you can write under those circumstances, then you can write when that kind of pressure isn't on.

50k words?  Are you kidding me?!


Well, that's what the official NaNo calls for, but seriously, some people just don't have the time to get that much in.  I include myself in that group.  I've tried NaNo so many times and have yet to succeed.  Mainly because it's a goal I know I can't reach.  Nearly two weeks of the month are out for me due to prior engagements that are yearly and I can't get out of.  BUT should that exclude me from participating in NaNo?  Should I be forced to feel like a shlub because I can't crank out the 50k and end up quitting half way in?  Absolutely not!

What other options are there?


I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo one more time, but at a more relaxed pace.  Instead of going for the 50k goal, I'm cutting it in half.  It's still a lot of writing for me to accomplish in a month.  I'm still going to be forced to set a schedule for myself and stick to it.  Writing 25k words in a single month is still an accomplishment.  So I suggest to anyone that thinks 50k is just extraordinary and unreachable to try a smaller denomination word count. 

The point is to still challenge yourself.


Obviously don't set a word count so low that it's easy and you can do it in a couple days, but being a parent or active person isn't always conducive to writing a novel in a month.  Even a goal of 10k isn't bad for a busy month.  Remember, this is about challenging yourself, and testing your ability to stay focused for an entire month.  You can do it; 50k words might just be a bit of a stretch.

Before I leave you, let's do a quickie recap of tips and tricks    


If you know me, you know I've spent a good deal of time gathering things work and don't work for NaNo (and writing in general).  Here a couple things that I found work for nearly everyone:
  • Have a plan.  Don't go into NaNo thinking you can just pull something out your butt.
  • Understand that this is a first draft.  It's not going to be perfect. 
  • Don't edit as you write.  It will hold you word count back.
  • Make a schedule and be aware of times and days you won't be able to write.
  • Have friends that are doing NaNo too, so they can support you as the month progresses.
  • Make sure you want to write this story because you'll be stuck with these characters all month.

Some further reading if you need it


Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 1We may only be one week into October, but November and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner.  If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short  for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.
That's:
:bulletblack: 1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
:bulletblack: 2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.  
:bulletblack: 6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared.  Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
So this year, instead of doing a basic what is NaNo and who's going to participate in it journal, we're gonna switch it up and give you some pointers on what you should be doing and what you definitely shouldn't be doing before and during NaNo.
The best place to get advice is from the people that have tried NaNo.  Notice how I didn't say "and succeeded?"  T
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother.  Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo.  Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write.  For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
:bulletpurple: Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that.  In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction.  All your research
NaNo is Around the CornerOnce again, we find ourselves getting ready for the insanity that is NaNoWriMo.  If you've never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is short  for National Novel Writing Month. That means in the span of thirty days, participants will write 50,000 words.
That's:
:bulletblack: 1,667 words per day if they're writing every day.
:bulletblack: 2,273 words per day if they're only writing on weekdays.  
:bulletblack: 6,250 words per day if they're only writing on weekends.
Either way it's a pretty hefty feat, and not something to walk into unprepared.  Even if you're a "by the seat of your pants" type of writer.
Which is where planning and plotting come in.  Sure, if you're a pantser, you can sit down and bang out a couple chapters, maybe a whole book, but can you do it in a month?  Probably not.  At least not without a little bit of preparation.  For all the pantsers and everyone else, compiled here is a short list of things to keep in mind, ways to prepare, what no

PE: Story Planning Week!Greetings everyone and welcome to another fun-packed week at projecteducate! This week has been teamed back up with CRLiterature and will be focussing on story planning!
What do we mean by “story planning”?
Planning a story sounds like an easy task- even at primary school level you are taught that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. However there are plenty of important elements that build a story; a lot of prep work that can actually improve the quality of your novel writing in the long run. This can cover almost anything- from world building, character development, creating past history and plot mapping etc. There is a huge range of elements that can turn your idea into a strong well-structured novel. 
Are you going to tell me how to write a novel?
Not exactly. We can’t tell you how to approach your novel and how to write it from chapter 1 through to the end. We’re not giv
Worldbuilding: Environments and Social StructuresAre you ready to build a world? Good!

The Magic Gateway, by jerry8448. This is what we want to do with worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is a complex process, because it is essentially creating the base of a different reality from our own. An author must pull together all the elements of a 'world', and capture that in text. This applies in any genre of writing. Even non-fiction has aspects of worldbuilding because it has setting and world details the same as fiction. In any genre, if the world is flat, the story will be flat and one of the best ways to build a fictional world is to know about one's own. Stories and readers both require an interesting and engaging place to go to, and our world, as well as any imagined one, can provide this! Because our world is the base of most human experiences, it is a great place to understand for both personal and writing reasons. If the author understands the sett
PE Story Planning: Utter FoolishnessPlanning Utter Foolishness!
Alright, it's my birthday so I thought it was time to change up the deluge of organization and planning articles we've got for you, with a minor thought about foolishness. (Don't ask too much of me, I've been in birthday mode for a good twenty-four hours already. Get someone else to elaborate.) Oh, and cake. There must be cake. Make a wish...
*poof*
This article had a point...
Oh right! Utter foolishness. Instead of detailed planning strategies, I offer you an alternative. I have an abundance of my own examples, but I will do my best to find some others that have some relevance. Hopefully. (Given the trend of this article so far, I'm not sure there is an applicable "relevant". We shall see.) :movingon: Anyway.
We are all inspired, right? I hope so, anyway, otherwise what would you be doing on deviantART? Where do you get your inspiration from? If you're running low, we have great groups here on dA; Lit-Visual-Alliance is all about (in t

How to Plot Like a GrimIn ten simple steps, you too can plot like a Grim.  ;P
1. Get an idea
This can be a brief snippet of dialogue. Or an ending that just seems perfect.  Sometimes it's just the concept of what I'd like to see a character go through.  I write that down.  Usually it doesn't see the cold light of day for at least a couple months, but when I've thought about it long enough and can't seem to get the idea out of my head, that's when I sit down and start plotting things out a bit.
2. Work out the basic plot
Now that I've got the idea, I need to work out the basic details.  But how do I do that?  Well, I write it down.  Then I think about the different angles to get to that idea.  I write those down.  If it's dialogue, who's talking? What do they feel? Who are they talking to?  If it's a snippet of a scene, who's in the scene? Why are they there? What are they doing? What's going on outside of that scene?
From the
Record Cards, Astronavigation and YouOnce upon a time, there was a strapping young lad named Arnold J. Rimmer.

Arnold Rimmer joins the Space Corps as a lowly third technician, but has great plans to work his way up through the ranks until he is an officer. To become an officer, however, one must pass the dreaded astronavigation exam. Fortunately, Rimmer is organised. He knows how to make the absolute most of his time, and so he takes a sheet of paper and draws up a revision schedule. He blocks out the times he must spend at work, and also those times when he will be distracted by his slovenly bunk-mate, David Lister. On another sheet of paper, he notes down all the subjects that will be covered in the astronavigation exam, and weights the importance of each one, colour-coding them for ease of reference. Now that he has established what he must revise and when he can revise it, he fills in each available slot in his schedule, using all his skill as an expert calligrapher to
How to Stop Planning and Use What You've GotArticle cowritten by ShadowedAcolyte and neurotype.
We've chosen to present this in bullets. The first few are ways to tell when your planning has gone too far; the rest are how to get past that.
Featured literature was chosen for its ability to present exposition: good pacing, tantalizing hints, etc.
How do I know I've planned too much?
When you can't hold it all in your head.When you can't explain it without a long-winded summary."So you've planned X. How will you reveal X to the reader?" If you can't immediately think of a good idea, it's probably overplanned.
Volume: how much of your story is world-building/backstory?
Properly spaced, you could get up to 10% world into a story without ruining the book (e.g. for an epic fantasy or something else not set in a place readers will immediately recognize). The rest should be happening now.If the setting is much more familiar—like, Everytown, USA, it could easily be 1% backstory.
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