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#ScottBlog - NaNoWriMo 2011!

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It's been... well, it's been a long time. And NaNoWriMo is less than an hour away.

For those watching this site, don't be disheartened. FootPrints is coming. Work has been slow over the last while as things have popped up here and there - as I'm the only writer of this game it impacts considerably when things happen to prevent me writing, but never fear. I'm still alive.

For now, though, I'm mentally preparing for, as the Office of Letters and Light put it, 'a month of literary abandon'. And I must confess that this year I feel... oddly nervous.

I'm preparing to start my novel - not at the stroke of midnight but certainly not too long after - in a new tool that is itself supporting NaNoWriMo. It's an excellent little tool called PangurPad, made by an Australian company called Pangur.

PangurPad is simple, clean and progressive. Rather than trying to define it I'll use their description:

http://PangurPad.com is a creative writing community and web-based editor for writers and authors of all kinds. PangurPad utilises the latest HTML5 technologies such as browser storage and advanced client side scripting to provide a new writing experience. PangurPad was developed from conception to market in four months, and is now a strong contender in the writing software market.

Make no mistake: PangurPad is an excellent tool. Importantly, and encouragingly, it's being actively supported. The staff are attentive, polite and eager to assist newcomers with issues. They take suggestions and, if those suggestions seem warranted and sensible, work to implement them.

Certain aspects of the tool are still in their infancy but I've seen more than a few strong improvements just from the short time I've been in the community.

An aspect you'll be excited by (if, like me, you're doing NaNoWriMo) is that they not only support NaNoWriMo, they also offer special NaNoWriMo trial accounts! Not sure if you want to buy into the tool? That's fair enough. People want to try before they buy. With a NaNo account you can make a single project of up to 100,000 words in length - easily enough to satisfy almost anyone's NaNoWriMo needs.

And if you decide to buy a subscription (a measly AU$20 a year, or AU$45 for a lifetime Founding Member subscription) you'll be able to make as many projects as you like of any length at all.

My suggestion: try it out. And if you like it, buy a subscription. Even if you don't the community is bright, cheerful and friendly.

As for me, I'm going to get back to biting my nails about this novel...

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