Write Your Novel

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Do you need a new project to work on? We wander around the Maker Fare in Brussels and hear from ten makers. We also talk to O'Reilly online editor chromatic about writing your life and about writing a novel. What about writing your novel? It all starts with one thousand words a day. (DTF 10-09-2006: 17 minutes, 45 seconds)

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Distributing the Future October 9, 2006: "Writing Your Novel"

0:55 One Thousand Words a Day

There are lots of places to look for creative outputs. You can participate in the Photography Challenge on The Digital Story. This month's challenge is Reflection. Over at Third Coast Festival they're running an audio contest. Yours could be one of the 99 ways to tell a radio story. And, of course, it's almost November and that means it's time for National Novel Writing Month (Na No Wri Mo). O'Reilly online editor chromatic talked to us (I'm embarrassed to say two years ago) about writing biographical material followed by a novel. (9:15)

10:10 European Maker Fair

The pages of Make Magazine are filled with cool gadgets you can build and projects you can play with but nothing replaces the live experience. We wandered around the Maker Faire at EuroOSCON and asked the Makers to describe what they were showing. You'll find pictures of the Maker Faire on Flickr. (7:05)

Total running time: 17:45

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together. We also ran it through the levelator.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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