Snowflake Fiction

October 30, 2009

Someone in my regional NaNo forum recommended this webpage, which uses the Koch Curve as an allegory for the process of creating a structure for your novel. The author calls it the Snowflake Method, and (before I clicked) I thought, Snowflakes are pretty, not useful. This is going to be lame. Then I saw that it was Koch’s Snowflake! The lameness evaporated. Anything that combines fiction and fractals is cool.

It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

October 28, 2009

I signed up for National Novel Writing Month. For those of you not familiar, that’s when a crazy group of people try to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days: November 1 through November 30.

I tried three years in a row, starting in 2005, and finally won in 2007. I skipped ’08, and I’m sad about this. The winner’s t-shirts had a pirate ship on them, and now I want one, but my pride won’t let me buy one. Never again!

I encourage everyone to sign up. NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty says that one week is the perfect amount of time to get ready, but I say three days is plenty (heck, I just started yesterday). Check out his guide book on Google Books. If you want more help, just ask! Comment here or look me up in NaNoLand.

Happy novelling (that’s a real word in NaNoLand)!