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Enter to Win “No Plot? No Problem!” by Chris Baty

Posted on: 3rd Nov 2014  /   Categorized: Giveaways

Welcome to Day Three of National Novel Writing Month 2014! By the end of today, participants should be at around 5,000 words. (With only 1,784 words from the weekend, I have some catching up to do…)

 

If you find yourself with a little reading time this month, and are hoping for some NaNoWriMo motivation, I’m pleased to announce that the revised and expanded edition of NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! by NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty is now available at major book retailers (check your local indie!).

 

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I read this book when I did my first NaNo way back in 2006, and it was so inspiring—and hilarious. Chris Baty breaks NaNo down on a week-by-week basis, tackling the most common challenges we month-long novelists face, all with humor and understanding. The book also includes plenty of useful advice and writing tips for any writing journey, not just the 30-day ones.

 

Plus, this expanded feature includes some really cool new additions. My personal favorite is… writing pep-talks from successful NaNoWriMo novelists!

 

Like, um… me.

 

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Other all-star pep-talkers include Gayle Brandeis, Rachael Herron, Elizabeth Haynes, Lani Diane Rich, Erin Morgenstern, Julia Crouch, and Sara Gruen. And of course, lots of pep from Chris Baty himself!

 

I’m so excited about being included in NP?NP! that I bought not one but two copies, and that second copy… is now part of a giveaway!

 

Enter here for your chance to win the Revised and Expanded edition of NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! plus a signed (paperback UK) copy of CRESS. And whatever other Lunar Chronicles goodies I have lying around…

 

All you have to do is leave a comment on THIS blog post, either quoting your favorite line from your current NaNo novel, or, if you aren’t noveling this year, leave some encouragement for those of us who are.

 

(If you’re not comfortable sharing a line from your novel, you’re allowed to just leave some cheerleading words, too.)

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Good luck!

164 Comments

  1. Adele commented on:

    Sorry.. I can’t choose a line from my book lol.. it’s a dark fantasy twist on Alice in Wonderland however. What if the mad hatter wasn’t mad? and what if the white queen had a daughter.. Alice?

    It’s book 2 in a series and really enjoying writing it!

  2. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas commented on:

    This is my third time doing NaNo, and I’m doing a high fantasy this year.

    This one of my favorite sections from what I’ve written so far

    ‘ “We’ll do hand to hand for a bit. You punch like a girl…”

    She knew he was baiting her, but couldn’t help but get a little irritated. “If I remember correctly last time I punched you I gave you a black eye, so I’m fine with punching like a girl.”

    “True enough, which is why I’m going to ask you to avoid the face today. Last time I had to deal with father laughing at me until the bruise disappeared.” ‘

  3. Erin commented on:

    Sadly, I’ll be sitting out this NaNo for some revising, but… GOOD LUCK to everyone who’s participating!!! 😀

  4. Courtney commented on:

    I will not doing NaNo But I will be trying to revise a 1 act play I really enjoyed writing. No matter how crazy the idea is just type or write it down, you never know that could be your favorite part later on and you can go back later to change it.

  5. Jessica @ a GREAT read commented on:

    Unfortunately I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, I know I should since my WIP needs seriously help, but then again so does my first book I wrote. I suddenly have become unhappy with its beginning scene. Plus the pressure of NaNoWriMo always gets to me! I should just do it unofficially, maybe I’ll pick another month to do so like January! December’s always too busy with the holidays and my birthday. But yeah, I definitely need a kick in the you know what to get back to writing again!

  6. Diana Sousa commented on:

    I can’t choose a favourite line (mainly because I think everything needs work, ahaha), so here is my first one: “When I closed my eyes, I could almost forget everything around me.”

    Good luck to everyone who’s doing Nano, or revising their manuscripts! 😀

  7. Teresa Santos commented on:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’ve lost count to the number of times I’ve done NaNo. Six times, I believe? Sadly, I only pushed through to the end once. Something has always come up to get me distracted. This year, however, I’m determined to make it to 50k. It just has to be done.

    As for a favourite passage, I’m not sure if it’s a favourite, but I did enjoy writing this:

    “My mother would agree that it’s better to deal with a little discomfort and save an animal than live in happy oblivion and let an animal die,” Jessica said. “Do you think the opposite? That it’s best to let Mia die than to help her?”
    The shock twisted mum’s expression. “Of course not!”
    “Good,” Jessica said cheerily, “or I’d have to hate you.”

  8. Anid commented on:

    Dear lord I have a lot of catching up to do. Then again, I know I’m slow at this and I -am- beating my own wordcount records, so it’s not so bad.
    I think my favourite line is “Monroe as in Marilyn? You’re such a diva,” said by my protagonist to her boss, Andrew, who is most definitely a diva. A nice, lovable one.

  9. Dreams commented on:

    Second official year, I can do this! My favorite line doesn’t mean much without the rest of the conversation, but here it is anyways: “Living is hard, just remember it is worth it in the end.”

  10. A S commented on:

    Encouragement: It seems impossible until you’ve written the 50,000th word!

  11. shanti commented on:

    “But with the girl, so obviously a secret, with skin not white or dark and hair that is brown at the ends, I have nothing to lose.
    So I decide to ask her name.”
    Not exactly a novel… its a short story. and I’m not doing nano offcially, because i tried it once and the stress. also, its exam season here.
    i don’t live in the us, hope that its still okay 🙂
    Go nano people! you guys are amazing. be inspired.

  12. Lily commented on:

    I am not taking part in NaNoWriMo this year but to everyone who is … good luck! Don’t stress yourselves out too much 🙂

  13. Margaret Ann commented on:

    “And they said chivalry died in the last crusade.”
    “Only in England.”
    “We’re not in England, stupid.”
    “Exactly.”

  14. Arika commented on:

    Good luck to everyone writing NaNoWriMo. Keep trying and never give up!!! Hopefully some of you will one day became amazing and successful authors <33

  15. Loie commented on:

    Hiya, thanks for the giveaway opp 🙂 Awesome stuff! Here’s my favorite line so far, the end of chapter one hehe.

    Evren’s foot caught on a piece of irregular cobblestone, leather boot twisting, she yelled as she fell flat towards the beige ground until a pair of lithe hands lifted her up in the air like a weightless leaf.

  16. Priya commented on:

    I had a hard time choosing, but I think one of my passages is:

    The water evaporated off of me, coming off in steamy wisps. “No. The air here is just…different.” I barged
    ahead seeing his expression. “It doesn’t smell like hamburgers.”
    “And air that smells like hamburgers is bad?”
    “I’m vegetarian.”
    “Oh.”

  17. Kara commented on:

    “Wha—.” But the words stop in my mouth as his lips cover mine. He pulls me to him with one strong arm and suddenly I don’t remember what I am saying, or thinking for that matter. I bring my arms around automatically to hold onto him but before I do I feel the bundle yanked from my hand and he breaks away from me so swiftly I almost lose my balance. “Cheater.” I grumble.

  18. Morgan commented on:

    I’m not doing NaNo because college is ruining my life. Ugh. But for everyone else that is, just think, THIS novel that you are writing RIGHT NOW could be the next big thing!

    However, I am always writing something:
    “Are you okay? You’re shaking.”
    “Do you realize how long its been since I’ve slayed a dragon?”

  19. Bob commented on:

    He looked at her, panting slightly.
    “I can’t kill you.”
    She almost sighed with relief. She knew he wouldn’t, but for a moment there he’d looked positively demonic. “Of course you can’t kill me. Are you crazy?I’m your best–”
    He interrupted her, frowning slightly.
    “It would be bad luck to kill you at a full moon. I’ll wait ’til sunrise.”

  20. Bob commented on:

    Whoops! Just looking at that paragraph, my Inner Editor went haywire. Two “slightly”moments in one paragraph?! In the same context?! Am I crazy?!

  21. Bob Theodorf commented on:

    Oh, and I think in my entry my email was written as .cpm, it’s actually .com, sorry XD

  22. Lauren! commented on:

    I don’t want to say the whole quote, but basically my character is trying to get her shoes (Chuck Taylor’s) off but can’t causing her to say that she loves them, but sometimes just wants to Chuck Taylor them out a window.

  23. Samantha Ellison commented on:

    Whenever your thinking it’s impossible to get to 50,000 words, you’re wrong. The word, impossible, actually says, ” I’m possible.” Therefore, you can do it!

  24. Katie commented on:

    “Pulled by the tug of a late-summer wind, and perhaps a touch of destiny, the tiny brown seed pod released its hold on the branch of a tall maple.”

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  25. Julie B commented on:

    I love nano! But this year I’m working more of discovering my writing process during the month so I doubt I’ll make 50,000 words but I know it will be an inspiring month of writing nonetheless! Good luck to everyone else who is participating! You can do it!

  26. Georgina commented on:

    HA! Love all the lines- some of these are pure gold! ;D

    During NaNo I shoot for quantity or quality, especially when it comes to beginnings. How do I always manage to start my ideas in the most boring possible spot? >.< Anyway, here's the best I could find.

    “And this is why I cast my vote in favor of Chinese food. No one gets in a wrestling match over the last noodle.”

  27. Olivia Blomdahl commented on:

    My favorite line so far is “I can’t wait anymore. I have to go. I don’t know where yet. I just know that I have to go.” She said

  28. Aisazia commented on:

    I’m doing Nano but it’s all handwritten. Instead of pulling a quote I wish everyone participating the best! Hope you all pull through! *cheers*

  29. Dylan commented on:

    It’s a single mass, almost like a fog or a jelly all around us. The thoughts and feelings of people that have passed on are all around us and they are strongest where a person died and near their remains. It is where their essence took root and joined with the whole of those before them, but it isn’t a solid object; once the essence takes root, it tends to drift somewhat. Some pieces of a person’s existence may never be found. Imagine trying to find one spot of fog in the heaviest fog of your life; sometimes it just can’t be done.

  30. JSolo commented on:

    First of all, I would like to say that these are such bad teasers! And by that, I mean good teasers in the sense that they make you want to read the book but you can’t until it is done… so THAT’S why they are so bad. Second of all, good luck to all of you awesome writers! You guys are doing something that I am still finding the courage to do: sharing your story to the world. Keep up the good work and keep calm and write on…even during writing blocks!

  31. Hannah Lewis commented on:

    This is my first year doing NaNo and I’m writing a science fiction/fantasy novel. My favorite passage from it is:

    The prince watched the movement; his face remained natural.
    “Now, I’ve heard of obsessed fan girls, but don’t you think this seems a little extreme?” He said, raising an eyebrow.
    Her shocked expression vanished and was replaced with a scowl. She narrowed her eyes at him.
    “I saved your life. Think of this,” she cocked her head toward the crown, “as a payment for my services.”

  32. Hannah Lewis commented on:

    Whoops! The first line of that passage was suppose to say, “The prince watched the movement; his face remained neutral.”

  33. Charlotte M commented on:

    I don’t really have a favorite passage, but here’s something from today 🙂

    “You’re something,” he said softly.
    Marian shifted uncomfortably, not sure if he was talking to the chicken or her.

    Oh, Nano, the things we end up writing…

  34. Evelyn commented on:

    This is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo. I am so excited to be part of this community of writers who are all working together supporting each other. Tho is wonderful. Here is a qoute from my novel.
    She could not let herself be lost again. She could not risk being shattered into a million pieces again.

  35. Helen commented on:

    Here’s my favourite line (so far):

    “Queen Victoria had come to realise that the actions of all but a notable few of her forbears meant her role as Monarch had been distilled down to nothing more than administrative document signing, and ceremonial waving.”

  36. Sara Boghdan commented on:

    “There’s this constant beeping and moaning that sounds like the pit of hell.”

    As you can see, I need all the help I can get! LOL

  37. Kaori commented on:

    No favourite lines, really, but: ‘Pale, he was, with wintry skin, and teeth so long and white they made her think of icicles’.

    Other than that: ‘And then something happened.’ Um.

  38. Hazel commented on:

    Hmm, favourite lines so far:

    The day rose uncertainly, full of mists and whispers.

    Overhead, the heron beat its wings in a slow, graceful arc, crossing the early sky from mist to mist.

    I’m a bit behind, but hoping to catch up today!

  39. Rabia commented on:

    All of y’all are doing so well! Keep up the good work and you CAN finish! Take it one step at a time, and you’ll be at 50k in no time 🙂

  40. shima commented on:

    I hope you all do great this month, it’s just a piece of cake, isn’t it?

    ‘i’ve always loved dreaming, the problem started when my dreams began to feel more real than real life.”

  41. Brittney commented on:

    Favorite bit so far:”If the courtyard around them is chaos, then Iris is the eye of the storm. She stares into the carriage, her face alarmingly blank. When William comes to stand by her side, he feels as if the air has taken on a sudden chill. There collapsed upon the velvet cushions like a broken marionette was Rin.”

  42. Grace commented on:

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments! Anyway, just wanted to say happy super early birthday to Wolf! Yes, that’s right, in about 500 years, Ze’ev Kesley is born on Luna. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOOOOOLF!

  43. Stephanie B commented on:

    Cool giveaway, thanks a bunch!

    One of my favorites so far… “‘Do you know what it’s like to see my flitting sisters out in the night, glowing in glory, and know that I will never be among them again? My wings were torn from me!’ She turned to reveal her back. The back only came up to just under her shoulder blades. Where those bones moves were two opens wounds, several inches long and at least an inch wide. They were infected, crusted in black and blood. The skin around them was a pale, sickly green.”

  44. Amy Fahrer commented on:

    I’m sadly very behind on word count this year, so no favorite lines yet. My Camp NaNoWriMo novel had an 85 word sentence in the opener that included reference to an alien who looked like “the lovechild of a yak and a porcupine” so that’s probably my favorite nanoism yet. Wishing all my fellow wrimos a wordy November!!!

  45. Julia commented on:

    I’m writing this month but am so very, very uncertain of what to share. I’m not sure I’ll share this with anyone! Yet, I really appreciate all the encouragement and love reading Facebook and Twitter updates to get our writing juices flowing. Thanks 🙂

  46. Emily commented on:

    Unfortunately I won’t be participating this year as this is a crazy month for me, however I’m hoping to participate in camp NaNoWriMo in the summer. But good luck to everyone who is participating this month! I have no doubts that you can reach your word goals! 🙂

  47. Danielle commented on:

    Sharing three lines:
    “Did someone call you?” Jacobson asked sharply.

    She should have been annoyed at the fact that he spoke without at least greeting her, but she couldn’t help but be grateful that someone was treating her like a normal person.

    “Watch it, Eli, they’ll burn you at the stake for not showing proper respect to the matriarch,” Horace remarked with a smile.

  48. Alma Morgan commented on:

    “You have nothing to apologize for.”

    You’d have to understand the context, but you can always just imagine…

  49. Emma commented on:

    Whee! I love giveaways! xD This is my first year doing NaNo and so far I’m really liking it. I mean, I’m exhausted and last night I spent ten minutes trying to decide if ‘grasp’ was actually a word in the context I used it in and if it really mattered, but I’m having fun! 😀 So far my favorite line is:
    “Harris ended up staying for dinner, as did Oliver Hayley. And apparently, as I learn soon enough, murder doesn’t make for good dinner conversation.”

  50. Sheena-kay Graham commented on:

    I’m doing double duty this year. I plan not to just finish Nanowrimo but with two novel drafts under my belt. Thanks for the giveaway Marissa and congrats on being included.

    For my originan nano account, Queendsheena’s (account where I use my real name). It’s Complicated (YA Fantasy) – Princess Aura fumed. She always hated the old man with his long grey beard and twinkling blue eyes.

    Also my second project under the pseudonym Roe and Nano name Roe 2. Huntress: The Flesh Business (NA Horror) – (1) Things always went better when they were delivered alive. (2) Slitting the throat was easy. (3) My tray was packed with a wide assortment of food. As a dispatcher of a traitor I was given the honour of devouring a body part.

    Hope you were both properly intrigued and terrified. Best of luck with Nano!

  51. Djinnia commented on:

    “Of course, you know I’m humoring you because I’m waiting to wake up from this nightmare, right? I mean that’s the only reason why I’m not turning into a panic stricken blithering idiot.”

    Good luck everyone. Btw, I only have 1800 words. So I’m in the same boat as you, Marrissa! =D

  52. Suze commented on:

    Good luck to every WriMo this year 🙂

    “There are no gods, or saints, or angels. Oh, mia sorella, don’t you see? There’s only death, and me.”

  53. Laura commented on:

    I’m not overly happy with many of my sentences, and I still only have around 1000 words… but am trying to not edit yet. Hoping to catch up this week.

    “Under the veil of night a figure appeared by the wooden cradle.”

  54. Ciera commented on:

    I would love to be writing this month, but I am crazy busy. Maybe next month. Anyway, LOTS OF LUCK to all who are writing. I love reading your sentences… I want to read those books! 🙂

  55. McKenzie commented on:

    This is my first NaNo, though I did attempt Camp in July. I’m already behind, but will hopefully get caught up soon. I’ve really enjoyed reading your Writing Process posts. They’ve been really helpful.

    I don’t really have a favorite line yet, but this is the best line I have so far:

    “She peeked in on Bonnie on her way to the front door and smiled at the sight of her little girl’s sprawled form. She could hardly believe they’d just celebrated her fourth birthday.”

    Good luck fellow WriMos.

  56. kamwritesyabooks commented on:

    This is the line from my fantasy book:

    “But Joel didn’t stop, and continued running up the steps.
    Leaving Cortana with her thoughts and a dead body. “

  57. Madi commented on:

    I’m writing a fantasy and these are probably my two most favorite

    “One particular night many years in the future, she falters in her step-only a second of course, she regains herself quickly-but it is this stumble in her life that sets the tone for the remaining of her years.”

    and

    “It’s very sudden, my trains of worries all rushing toward each other at once and colliding-becoming one, blended together and overlapping until it grows and I’m not focusing on one problem but all of them at once.
    I shut my eyes tightly and bring my hand to my ears, if I could just block it all out, just once then maybe I will receive peace from my fears-my problems-my worries.
    One thought weighs out the others though; useless.
    And I know well enough that I’m not only applying that thought to my actions
    but myself.
    It doesn’t help; it never does and this time is no different.
    Useless.
    Who can escape the inside of their head?”

  58. Elisabeth commented on:

    So far my favorite line is:

    “Maybe it’s gold bricks in here?” said Han. He pushed with all his strength. It didn’t move.

    Jack scoffed and pulled it at the same time, “Yes, because all royals throw crates of gold in the trash.”

  59. Aimee commented on:

    I was so torn on doing this, but then one of my friends wanted to do it and I was like “YES!” This is my first official Nano, but I’ve done Camp over the summer. I’m pretty behind so far but I think after this first week I’ll catch up.

    No real favorites thus far:

    “To paraphrase Fincher, my brother’s not too bad-looking a guy, but he tries so hard to be.”

  60. Valerie commented on:

    I’m doing Nano, mostly I’m re-writing my novel, because the first draft was just hopeless.

    “There was no moment in Brian’s mind that quite matched the resounding silence that had awoken him in the dead of night. The overbearing weight of it had pressed on his ears, the pressure building, much like when he had a cold last summer and had to fly to Carolina to visit his grandmother. It made his head pound and when he was sure he could stand it no longer…

    … Pop!

    And the void was lifted. The crickets filled his overly crowded room with their one note symphony, the coyotes howled their victory somewhere in the distance, and down the hall his father snored as loud as any monster you’ve dared to imagine.”

  61. Cicely commented on:

    Hey everybody! I’m not writing anything this year, but i hope to do it next year! As for everyone who is writing something, keep going and don’t give up! Writing a novel or even a well written short story (if 50,00 words is considered short) is a lot harder than it looks. I have complete and total faith in everyone who is writing something this year, because I believe if you put your mind to something, it can be achieved. So, good luck and maybe I’ll see you book on shelves one day!

  62. Cicely commented on:

    P.S, I meant you’re. :p

  63. Cicely commented on:

    Wait… I meant *your not you’re. I must really be tired today. :p sorry!

  64. MichelleRae6 commented on:

    Don’t worry Marissa, you’re not alone! I’m behind too. Here’s my favorite line so far, “The door swings open and I feel a little piece of my soul flutter away”.

  65. Kat commented on:

    I sadly am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but I wish every brave soul who is the best of luck!

  66. Mayte Taipe commented on:

    I honestly tried to write a book and put ideas to paper, but I just couldn’t. I found myself copying quotes, character, love triangles. and all the like. Eventually, I had to trash it. Oh, well.

    But for those of you who are exploding from the sheer awesomeness of your ideas and are on Cloud 9, can I just say you are a motivation to all the people, like me, who love reading and writing. And if you end up like me, no worries. That novel will most likely end up on my bookshelf pretty soon.

    And if not, well it’s just the luck of the draw.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, there is CRESS, a box of tissues, and a bucket of mint-chip ice cream with my name on it right over there!

  67. Kate commented on:

    ‘Sup! My name is Kate! And I might or might not being NaNoWriMo this year. I really want to, but I don’t think I got the time for it. So to all those brave souls out there, reading this now. Here are some words of wisdom.
    1 Go Crazy!
    2 Drink as much caffeine as you can.
    And 3. Most importantly. HAVE FUN! XD
    I think I might actually do NaNoWriMo. So here is one of my favorite lines. SO far.

    After all, mom was already sorted distracted with the privilege of driving me home from a long stressful day at ‘school’. The one thing I hate worse than “The Meeting of Special” Otherwise known as by its real name, “Blue County’s school for the Blind and Deaf.” I was required to attend “The Meeting of the Special” every week so they could track my progress in the big bad public school. Because the program I was in was all new and different, and everyone hates different. So, back to my school situation. I attend a public school by the lovely name of “Blue County High School. Home of the Crickets.” Don’t ask me about the mascot, I myself do not even want to know. But “Blue County High School” aside from their mascot, is supposed to be the best school in all of Blue County. But get this. It is supposed to be the best for the hearing. Yes you heard right, the hearing. No pun intended. And if you haven’t figured it out by now. I, Aria Belle Spellmen, am deaf. I’ve been deaf since as long as I could remember. My mom tells me that I was born deaf. To me, that is the lamest way to become deaf. I’ve heard, well read about somewhat, that are many ways to become deaf. Being born deaf is the most common, according to the internet, about 2 or 3 kids out of 1000 are born deaf. 9 out 10 being born to both hearing parents. I guess I wasn’t that lucky 10%. Though there are many other ways to become deaf. Such as natural hearing loss, BORING. Exposure to chemicals, creepy yet interesting. And the most awesome of them all. Too loud music. I’ve never heard real music before, but I have felt the vibrations of a song I turned up really loud. Mom instantly came in and shut down my whole one with music ordeal. Apparently the song I chose, more like randomly found on the Internet, sort of had bad words in it. Don’t ask me, I could only feel vibrations. So how was I supposed to know it cussed and all? I was in a lot of trouble for that, but it quickly passed over.

    Did I just really write that? Oops. When you said one line, I thought you meant one paragraph. My bad! Hehehehe. I hope you enjoyed.
    And Good Luck to you all!

  68. Lilac commented on:

    Hehe, my writing is far too crappy right now to post a line. But if you’re also feeling like your stuff is crap, fear not! You are not alone. The important thing is to press through and find the gold! : D I hope that was cheerleading was helpful. : D

  69. Wren commented on:

    Hey! Good luck to the people participating! I was originally going to. But I’ve had a ‘falling out’ with my artistic and creative writing side. (It’s called laziness, my friends, and my ‘low self esteem’ which doesn’t allow me to write something without wanting to scream and toss my laptop across the den. Which has resulted in me quitting writing. For good. [I have considered it before. I was talked out of it. Didn’t work this time.]) ‘nough ’bout me, though!

    Good luck, Wrimos! I know you guys can do it!
    Remember.
    You’ll need:
    Coffee/tea/caffeine. Books. (Tons of them.) Someplace to write. An idea. And imagination!
    Good luck!

    Don’t give up. I’ve done NaNo twice. And won both! You just need to keep going.
    Even WITH dark-night-of-the-soul.

  70. Sophie commented on:

    I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo, but good luck to anyone who is! <3

  71. Sherry commented on:

    Oh, I really hope to win this book! I think I’ve got a good grip on characters, description, and such, but I’m always hitting walls when it comes to plot. I can never figure out an exciting way to get from Point A to Point B!! >.<

    As for my favourite line from my piece: "The soft pitter-patter of raindrops hit the cement sidewalk, an orchestra of a million tiny splashes, as the endless grey, grey sky stretched on into oblivion. The air was moist and cool, almost like a smokescreen that made everything beyond seem like a hazy watercolour painting. Small puddles littered the ground like round music notes, made on an invisible staff."

  72. Ashlyn H commented on:

    My story is a twist on Alice in Wonderland. So far, my favorite line is:

    “I made a grab for the rabbit and caught him up in my arms. Suddenly, there was a rush of wind and I was falling down a hole that wasn’t there second ago.”

  73. cassidy commented on:

    A robotic voice not hers flowed from her lips. Skin as white as bone, Hair as black as crow, lips as red as blood… I let loose a shrill scream that echoed through the cavernous stone halls.

  74. cassidy commented on:

    A robotic voice not hers flowed from her lips. Skin as white as bone, Hair as black as crow, lips as red as blood… I let loose a shrill scream that echoed through the cavernous stone halls.
    Snow white

  75. Felicia the Geeky Blogger commented on:

    Good Luck y’all! I am not trying this year as I have back to back commitments this month but I am cheering you all on 🙂

  76. Ashley commented on:

    Hi Marissa! I was so inspired when I saw that Cinder was a NaNoWriMo book, that I decided to try it myself!
    My favorite line I have written so far is, “How can I know he is beautiful when I know nothing to compare?”
    Thanks, and good luck to everyone with their novels!

  77. Vickie Wu commented on:

    I’m not participating this year… But good luck to all the participants!

  78. E commented on:

    Hi! I just hit the 5,000 word mark today. This is from my novel Pirate and King.

    “They always tried to avoid encountering those that really ruled the seas– the pirates.”

  79. Jazz commented on:

    This is my first Nano, and I am really trying! Things are going slow, but here’s a line from The Academy:

    Good balance, there. Trish’s talents came early, so Shayden would bloom late. The universe liked to be equal that way.

  80. Camille commented on:

    Good luck Nanowrimoers! It’s hard but it’s totally worth it

  81. Em commented on:

    I am not participating in nanowrimo this year but I have participated in past years. Good luck everyone ! It is possible and you can do it!

  82. alexandra @ twirling pages commented on:

    i’m not participating in nanowrimo this year, but good luck to all those trying! just think of the moment of satisfaction when you’ve got (nearly) an *entire novel* done in a single month. all those days cramming and stressing will be worth it (: but for now, drink coffee and listen to 1989!

  83. Janet commented on:

    This is one of my favourite lines so far: “Surprising herself she reached out and stroked the kraken between its eyes, its skin slimy and slippery smooth against hers; the creature was magnificent, its skin an undulating purple that shifted with the sea.”

  84. Tiffany Khyla commented on:

    This is my first year doing NaNo, and the reason I decided to do it was because of you! I love reading your blog with tips for aspiring writers, and I love that you love your fans.

    Here’s a line from the novel I’m working on for NaNoWriMo: “Repercussions of too much frat punch.”

  85. Joelene commented on:

    Your Message

  86. Joelene commented on:

    I’m not able tow rite for NaNo due to school, although I very much wish I could! But I wish all of you out there doing it the very best of luck!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!! WOOOO!! Hahaha, just keep on typing, take a few mental health breaks, and if you get stuck then go watch a good movie or finish your next chapter in an inspiring novel! Your hard work is going to pay off when you’re holding your finished work of literature!! Best of luck, guys 🙂

  87. Ashley commented on:

    I’m doing this for the first(ish — not counting the 600 or so abandoned words of two years ago) time, and kind of worried that I’m already falling behind. But it’s been an amazing and creative experience so far to just let loose and go — so that’s my advice, as someone who isn’t structured and plotted and really has no idea what she’s doing: just let loose and go and worry about plot holes or specifics or just why that character ended up in that place you never knew they’d dare go near later (which I’m sure, mid-month, I’ll be stressing over).

  88. Holly Alexandra commented on:

    Oooh, this looks like fun! I’m doing NaNo for my second time this year, and I just hit 10,000 words yesterday.
    Good luck with your writing!
    As for my favourite line from my novel, that’s a tough one…
    “Ayllah’s heart flipped over and she answered them, her voice shaking as she stared anywhere but Ms. Ferra’s face.”
    Thanks!

  89. nc commented on:

    Looks like a fun book!

    Not doing NANO this year but good luck everyone!!!

  90. Sarah C. commented on:

    I have never participated in NaNoWriMo, but I do like to write, so I’m considering participating next year. So good luck to everyone participating!!! You can do it! And even if you don’t make it to 50,000, you have more words than you started with and that is a success!

  91. Marcy commented on:

    Not doing it this year, for various reasons, but good luck to everyone who is! No matter whether you reach 50,000 words or not, you win in my book, and will have gained valuable writing experience! I’m really glad I did it both the years I did, even though I only “won” one year.

    I already have a previous version of NP?NP!, but I want those pep talks. 🙂 Not to mention Cress…

  92. Andrea commented on:

    My first NaNo and I’m having so much fun with it, I’m just mad I never did it sooner! What an awesome community!

    Anyhow, my fave sentence so far is from my first ever “word sprint” – it was only 4 days ago, but already has sentimental value:

    “Engulfed in all that fabric, he looked large, but Hank could tell there wasn’t much of a man underneath.”

  93. acps927 commented on:

    Sounds like a helpful book! I am doing NaNo this year but not really with the intention of hitting 50K because I’m revising my NaNo project from last year at the same time (because a year is apparently not long enough for me to get it right!). Good luck to everyone!

  94. Itachi Uchiha (Sorry, I don't know what else to call myself!) commented on:

    “Let us begin with introductions. What is your name, sweet child?”
    “I am Aika.” she replied, brushing golden curls out of her face.
    The wolf licked her snout. “Dear me, that cannot be correct. I asked who you were, not what your name was. Let us start anew. Who are you?”
    Confusion spread over Aika like a spilled drink on a table. “I don’t know.”
    “Then I will show you who you are.”

  95. Itachi Uchiha (Sorry, I don't know what else to call myself!) commented on:

    Firstly, I wanted to congratulate everyone who is participating this year. I wish you all good luck. Remember: the only winner is the one that tries their best, so do try your best all of you! Secondly, I wanted to thank Marissa Meyer for giving us another opportunity to receive awesome signed books and Lunar Chronicles stuff! It would personally be the greatest thing ever if I actually won a SIGNED COPY OF CRESS!!!!!!!!!!! Thirdly, I wanted to state that the Lunar Chronicles is simply awesome, better than THG and Divergent, and one of the most epic things EVER!

    Good luck to everyone on NaNoWriMo, and to you too Marissa!

    -Itachi or Sasuke or Gaara

  96. Kate H commented on:

    This is my second year doing a full Nano, and it looks like I’ll be aiming for well above 50k, which is exciting!
    My advice to everyone doing Nano is not to worry about quality yet. There’s plenty of time to edit later, just focus on getting the words out. You can’t edit a blank page 🙂

  97. Dolores commented on:

    Good luck to everyone participating in NaNoWriMo this year! I’m sure we’ll be getting lots of great stories coming out!

  98. TinTin Kalaw commented on:

    Hello!

    I’m not writing but I do hope to participate sometime in the near future. Good luck to all those participating!! 😀

  99. Jumana commented on:

    luck to everyone!!!
    This book seems awesome, hope I get lucky and win something from Marrissa for a chance :’)

  100. Jumana commented on:

    Good luck to everyone!!!
    This book seems awesome, hope I get lucky and win something from Marrissa for a chance :’)

  101. Red commented on:

    Can I still win if I’m from Germany? I know it was possible last November (I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I got my wonderful messenger bag).

    Anyways, whoever might read what I write: Why are you still reading instead of WRITING? Go, everyone, continue creating your awesome stories! Have fun!

  102. Yun-a commented on:

    Good luck to everyone who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year!

  103. Lynn B. commented on:

    My fav line is “The ball hit him in the throat.”

  104. Lynn B. commented on:

    Yay NaNo! My fav line is “I have a tendency to break things. And faces.”

  105. Michelle Roberts commented on:

    I can’t NaNo this year–retail xmas craziness :(–but to anyone else out there. You CAN do it!

    Bonus 1st line from my WIP:

    The heavy tread of steel shod boots marks a staccato beat that echoes off the stone stairs

    and stone walls down into my own private sanctuary.

  106. erleen commented on:

    “If this mission succeed, at the age of 17, I’m going to have my first doll”

    That’s my favorite so far and it’s also my first line on my nano2014 YA sci-fi novel.

  107. Dana commented on:

    From when my character is playing music: “The notes flow out of my fingers as I play by memory, my fingers remembering quicker than my brain.”

  108. Lizzie V commented on:

    I’m not writing but…
    “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming , just keep swimming swimming swimming” – Dori the fish

  109. Baillie Puckett commented on:

    “Will I suffocate? Or will death be quick? Either way, my demise is inevitable. though death come to everyone I had expected my own to be a better tale–one of reckless stupidity post-graduation. After all anyone half decent dies young and I do consider myself half decent.

    Well, i guess I /did/ consider myself half decent.”

    I wrote this today and I just sat there for a minute to appreciate it. 🙂

  110. Grace commented on:

    You guys can do it!!! Be proud of every word you write because it’s progresss and enjoy the experience. =)

  111. Chinonso commented on:

    “Just promise me one thing.” Jayden glanced up at me. “When we find your sister,” I said, “please let me punch her in the face.” He grinned, held out his hand and said, “deal.”

  112. Amy commented on:

    This is my fourth year doing nano, and this crazy train doesn’t get any saner (I’m about 5k behind right now lol). Everyone writing should be proud of what they’ve accomplished – whether it’s 1k or 50k – this month.

    Hmm. The favourite line… perhaps this one – “Sorry about that whole beheading thing. You caught me on a bad day.” (which actually doesn’t have context at the moment but it sounds a lot worse than it really is!)

    Good luck writers!

  113. Gabi commented on:

    Good luck to everyone! I hope you can reach your goals! 🙂
    “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

  114. Melissa commented on:

    “Second star and straight on ’til morning? But isn’t that-” asked, Alice.
    “Yes yes yes, Neverland? It’s all the same, my dear. We are all connected in some way like you are in this world. Now let’s hurry! Wonderland is in trouble. We are very late.” said Rabbit.

  115. Breahna Lesemann commented on:

    “It’s explainable,” Lock said moving over the marbled squares. “Science explains why we are the way we are, but who are we to say that science isn’t magic.” He said with a mischievous smile.

    Here goes nothing. I didn’t realize how much I love the scene this is in until I typed this.

  116. sara j commented on:

    I haven’t gotten that far to have a good line, but some encouragement is that even thinking about what happens next in the story is still helpful, especially if you have the chance to write down a few key words. that way, when you get up to that part, you’ll remember how that scene played out in your head.

    SO excited for Winter!

  117. Kris commented on:

    “How many times could a man be stabbed in the unmentionables before he’d go mad? He wasn’t interested in finding out, but suspected he soon would.” I just liked writing that 🙂

  118. Ashton Brooke commented on:

    I huddled papers in front of me, trying to judge whether or not I had everything. Impossible to do in the 20 seconds I had to finish up while still maintaining even the slightest pretense of making it to 5th on time, but, well, I hear it improves your lifespan if you practice being optimistic every once in a while.
    Optimism. Yeah, there’s a laugh.
    “C’mon Suz,” I said under my breath. “You got your Calc homework, your English, your stupid Art History, what are you missing?” I stared at the sneaker print on my Joyce notes (I was pretty sure it was a Nike) trying to remember…
    Chemistry. My hydroxide lab. Worth ten bizallion points, due tomorrow.
    I should’ve guessed

  119. Harmony commented on:

    my first time doing nanowrimo and it was impossible to choose since i am a fantastic writer and have so many (JK. everyone is an awesome writer if they want to be and they’re not my sister) but i managed to narrow it down to four (because just one is mission impossible, two is an impossible mission and three was mission impossible and an impossible mission). hope it still counts.

    1) Never have I ever, and let me repeat NEVER, witnessed a moment when have I wanted to kill Sophie, skin her fur and make a coat out of it and give to the homeless, dry out her bones and build a stool out of them, smoke her dog meat and sell it to the Chinese more than that one. Yeah, I’ve put a lot of thought into how I’m Going to kill my dog. Don’t judge.

    2) “And what were they saying?”
    She looked worried. “Eat humans. Must eat humans. Come out so I can eat you humans.”
    “They sound wonderful.”
    “Oh they really are once you get past the eating humans part.”

    3) “Let’s go put a man-bull out if its misery.”

    4)“Nooo,” I started sarcastically, “my leg is supposed to bend like this. I’m sure the agonizing pain is from idiocy that is just seeping out of you.”
    He ignored my clearly clever retort and offered his hand again

  120. Diane M. commented on:

    I love NaNoWriMo! I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I’m here to say that reaching 50K can be done, even if you don’t really get started until the second or third week. Makes it a killer sprint to the finish line, but it can be done!

  121. Natalie commented on:

    I’m not participating, but kudos to everyone participating, it’s a huge accomplishment. Thank you for the giveaway 😀

  122. Annabeth commented on:

    “Sea Sorcerers. Yep, my day just gets better and better.”

  123. Veronica commented on:

    I’ve never done NaNo but I really want to do it one day, perhaps next year! *fingers crossed*
    But I wish everybody the best of luck with it 😀

  124. AJ Lauer (@ayjaylauer) commented on:

    I actually used “it was a dark and stormy night” in my NaNo novel – ironically, but still! I can’t decide if I’m proud of it or not 🙂

  125. Heidi F commented on:

    I’d be doing NaNoWriMo if it weren’t for college and Quidditch practice.
    To everyone else, I wish you the best of luck! It’s all worth it in the end. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

  126. Barbara commented on:

    Writing a book in a month? It seems pretty impossible for me, because I’m known for being “flash in the pan” (meaning – I’m too lazy). So, I really admire all the people who take part in NaNoWriMo challenge. You are amazing for doing so and I wish you all the GOOD LUCK in finishing your drafts.

  127. Oksana Kosarenko commented on:

    Good luck to everyone that is participating! People may work well under pressure; maybe all you have to do is write – no self-doubting, no haggling. Just Write. And one way or another, you will have a raw novel by the end of November. Isn’t that something to be proud of? Yes, it is!

  128. Emily commented on:

    Unfortunately I’ve got exams nearly this whole month, so I’ll be unable to join in on NaNo this year. Good luck to everyone participating!

  129. Carissa Bookworm commented on:

    “The results were the same.”
    This is my favorite for right now simply because its the most powerful. 🙂

  130. Sophia commented on:

    I’ve actually tried to write a novel when I was in 7th grade, and I had my friends comment on it and give me tips. Now when I come back to read it, I laugh at my younger self because of the unbelievable plot line. Despite this, I admired my younger self for trying; nowadays, I get writer’s block and I rarely have time to write anything. So good luck to everyone writing!! I really admire your perseverance in completing the novel and not scratching it (I would always do this ;-;)! Keep on writing and flushing those ideas out because in the end, it’s the feeling of accomplishment that counts! 🙂

  131. THe Artist Librarian commented on:

    As a lifelong reader, I’ve always thought it would be neat to write a book someday, but attempting NaWriMo would have to wait another year … Besides, I’m pretty sure my talents lie elsewhere, haha. Best of luck to all the aspiring authors out there — I hope to see your books in print someday! 🙂

  132. Cristi commented on:

    I think you are all amazing! I’m learning so much by reading about all of you. Next year, I hope to join you in the madness. You are living out other people’s dreams and encouraging us to live out our own! Have fun!

  133. Lourdes commented on:

    “Mariella’s vision is clouded by bright stars before her field of view is overcome by darkness and she slips into
    the world of the unconscious.”

    Not sure it’s my favorite, but it’s hard to choose.

  134. Rebekah commented on:

    She had come to accept that who she once was and who she is now were very different people. First she had been a princess, with a loving family, great potential, with a name and a land to belong to and now, she could no longer be know as a princess and would never see her loving family again, her potential, now be limited and most importantly she could never use her real name ever again, she was a lost princess, a dead princess without a people to love and without a land to belong to, she was just now Kass

  135. Stephanie commented on:

    Happy Writing to all those who are participating this year.

    I’m late starting this year, but I am tomorrow (or tonight if I can get my daughter to bed on time).

  136. Florentine Lily commented on:

    Dear Wrimos,
    Week one is over. How are you doing?

    Congratulations on getting this far. Remember, NaNoWriMo is about finishing. Try your best to get your thoughts on paper/computer. The most important, and hardest, part is the editing but you need something to edit. Surround yourself with achievers who appreciate your efforts but help you overcome your limits. Pay attention to their advice but understand that vitriolic criticism is not helpful to anyone.

    That said, here’s the opening sentence from my YA SF/F novel:
    “Julien stalks through the Forest looking for prey. Instead he finds Death, a dusky skinned girl wearing white blouse tucked inside a pleated black skirt.”

    So, some comments that jumped out at me (I’m trying really hard not to sit down and review/critic each one):
    Bob, Morgan and Emma: hilarious. I love dark humor.
    Dylan: that was deep.
    Hannah Lewis, Suze, Brittney, Kamwritesyabooks, Madi, Elisabeth, and Charlotte M. (Seriously, the chicken or the girl? What are you writing?): I wanna know more.
    Helen: truth!
    Sara Boghdan: slow internet connection? Or dial up?
    Sherry, Janet, and Michelle Roberts: absolutely beautiful prose.

    Buckle up and best of luck,
    FL

    P.S. Thanks for the giveaway!

  137. Melanie Yin commented on:

    Hi, guys! I am unfortunately much too busy this year to do NaNoWriMo, but I applaud you all who are and wish you the best of luck and lots of stress, blood, sweat, tears, and fun.

  138. Katherine commented on:

    My super-subtle heroine has some great lines:
    “I’m awesome. I’m amazing. I’m…some other word that starts with ‘a'”.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  139. Joseph Andrews commented on:

    I hear a lot of people who have read a “bad” novel say that they could do better, but I’ve never seen one actually write so much as finished rough draft of something they “could do better.” A horrible rough draft is always better than no draft!

    Thanks Marissa for inspiring my wife and I in our writing—Your documented work helps us to see that you don’t just write a first draft and get it published. It takes work, and above all, LOTS of writing!

    50000 by Dec 1st or bust!!!

  140. Mary commented on:

    I’m so stoked about NaNo this year. Here’s my favorite line so far, written last night: “My voice cracks softly, emotion tearing at the edges of my vocal chords.”

  141. Madeline Devantier commented on:

    My nano novel this year is the second in a series focusing on various mythologies.

    My favorite bit would be:

    “really?” Andrea said, grabbing an pomegranate off the island. They even has a sticker on them that said “Proud Product of the Underworld.”
    Leo once asked about them and Hades said, “never let it be said the god of the underworld doesn’t have a sense of humor.”

  142. Ellie commented on:

    I’m rebeling this year and using Nano to finish my current WIP and revise.
    Its SO hard to pick a favorite line, but I think this one kind of carries the essence of the characters 😛

    Dominick tilted his head to the side and looked her over, his brows knit in thought—or concern? “You’re missing your usual wittiness and verbal assaults. Is your blood sugar low?”

  143. Ana commented on:

    Second time doing NaNo, and I’m falling a bit behind, but this is my favorite line so far.

    “Wynne felt that the misfortunes that were due to her brothers had gotten lost on their way and decided to hang around her.”

  144. Whitney commented on:

    I don’t have a favorite line so far…so I’ll stick to encouraging words.

    Making a list of goals has been the most helpful thing for me so far this month, and leading up to NaNoWriMo. I’ve made it a goal to: wake up early everyday, write 2,000-2,500 each day, and deny my inner editor as best I can.

    If you write down what you want to do and see it as a goal, you might attain it more easily.

    Also, I asked my mom to be my cheerleader for November. She’s the best! Not only does she give me the go ahead to spend hours locked away in a room by myself, but if I’m not doing what im supposed to be doing, she’ll tell me to get to it. No slacking.

    If you can find an uplifting person to cheer you on, who also won’t stand by letting you NOT accomplish your goals, then your time spent writing will be exactly that: actually writing.

    My favorite thing she tells me (which has also become my mantra over the past several days) is: write and be beautiful.
    So for everyone who is taking part of NaNoWriMo this year and for those who simply need a boost to start writing…. WRITE AND BE BEAUTIFUL!

  145. Emily Huso commented on:

    Best of luck to everyone participating in NaNo this year! You all have my respeccttt! Finding time to write every day is so hard… The struggle is real XD

  146. Haley commented on:

    LISTEN UP KIDDIES I may not be doing NaNoWriMo but if you’re reading this and you’re considering giving up or slacking off: DOOOON’T! You are awesome and beautiful and your hair looks great today. You are going to finish your novel and you are gonna feel fantastic. Create with precision, sharpen your imagination, and keep your mind open, fellow writers. GOOD LUCK TO AAAAALL! 🙂

  147. Kelsey Lessard commented on:

    The wind curled her hair around her face and ensnared her neck like and old forgotten cobweb.

    – Kelsey Lessard

  148. Zesha commented on:

    I don’t have much to go off of, but my favorite line so far: “She turned to him and pressed her lips to his in a short but sweet kiss before she slithered around him with an exhale. It happened in the blink of an eye and before Yun could open his mouth to say he loved her back, Yue was gone.”

  149. Juliet commented on:

    Good luck to everyone! I don’t really have any favorite lines so far, but I do like this one
    She scowls and I can see she wants to tell me that her cute little baby couldn’t possibly pass for an adult, so I scowl back.

  150. Sophie M. commented on:

    I’m not very far into mine, but I still have 20 days left!
    This is actually the last line I wrote:

    “‘Hey soccer mom,’ I smirk. It was a joke between us.”

  151. Melly commented on:

    I’m rather fond of tis line; ‘Cosmo smiled mischeiviously, “We’re going to Th Forest Folk alright, but not to send me home. Not yet. We’re going to recruit them as allies. We’re going to start a war.”

  152. Hollie commented on:

    ” ‘You are your worst enemy, and you need to realize that before you hurt someone, much less yourself.’ ”

    That’s a line that inspired a whole new spin on a character in my novel, and I’m proud of it. Good luck to all other WriMos and contest entries! Excited to see where the month brings us, and so excited for your new books coming out, Marissa!

  153. cindy commented on:

    i unfortunately am in a very demanding English class this semester so i have no time to write for fun with all these papers i have do but i guess the goals are similar..get the writing done by a deadline…hey maybe we aren’t as different as i thought…anyways it might seem like a lot of work and there’s prolly a million other things distracting you. (cause if its not distracting you it sure is distracting me!) but really there’s nothing better than that feeling of accomplishing something trust me…also the feeling after when those million other things thats been distracting you can actually be focused on again. anyways set yourself little goals within the big ones and reward yourself with something small (my thing is a piece of candy or reading a chapter in my current book but it could be anything) and just keep trying cause everything must eventually come to an end you know?

    -actually rereading this i think i just inspired myself XD

    ~TA 2014

  154. Lex commented on:

    Marissa, congratulations on being included in this book! It’s well deserved, that’s for sure! I’ll have to keep my eye open to read the entire piece if I’m not fortunate enough to be a lucky winner in your giveaway~!

    Great idea, too, so I’m going to give it a go. My favorite line from my current project:

    “The day I meet you, it is a Tuesday, and the Royal Library of Alexandria is on fire.”

    Lots of love and luck to everyone participating in NaNo this year~

  155. Laura commented on:

    Good luck to everyone writing this month!! Keep going even if you are doubting yourself or your story! The end result will be so worth it. I wish i could do it but school is wayyyy busy.

  156. Breana M. commented on:

    I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo, but I want to say good luck to everyone that is! May all the words be in your favor!

  157. sasha payne commented on:

    Good luck to everyone participating! Unfortunately I am not able to this year.

  158. Gwendolyn commented on:

    I’ve never participated in National Writing Month but I am hoping to try next year. This book might just give me a edge in overcoming some struggles along the way. And a signed copy of Cress never can hurt 🙂

  159. Parneet commented on:

    I am participating in NaNo again this year and I admit, for the second year in a row, I am not doing my best at writing my novel. But thanks for the giveaway! Lol, my line sounds ridiculous!

    My fave line from my novel- “He looks so cute with those chubby cheeks of his smeared with peanut butter. You just want to lick it right off.”

  160. Kayla commented on:

    I am participating in Nanowrimo for the first time this year, good luck everybody who is participating! I hope those words keep churning!

    A one-liner from the work so far 😛

    “I am not a soldier nor a gentlemen, curse me all you wish I intend to win.”

  161. Amelia commented on:

    Cutting it a bit close woo but here !

    “They say that you look tiny in death but perhaps it’s only when you are still and unmoving when you realize it’s always been that way.
    You come into the world the same as you leave it.
    You only look small in death but truth is, you’ve alway been small. A grain of sand in the universe, buddy, that’s what you and I are. We aren’t ever gonna be more than that.”

    “I can’t be expected to be Queen,” She said, “when I am no more than a criminal.”

  162. Nessa commented on:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am not participating this year because of crazy life stuff, but I tip my hat to those who are. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, especially yourself 🙂

  163. Elizabeth commented on:

    Eeee! I missed this one. I hope you have a new contest soon.

  164. Curtisjob commented on:

    vtratot

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