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Last Updated: Friday, 3 November 2006, 16:55 GMT
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

NaNoWriMo website

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Ever fancied yourself a novelist?

They say that everyone has a book inside them, the biggest problem is getting the motivation to get it down on paper.

If this sounds like you then NaNoWriMo could be the push you have been looking for.

November is National Novel Writing Month, according to this website, where novelists can register to participate in the biggest fiction scribbling project on the planet.

The idea is to get as many people as possible, not just professional writers, to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.

After registration go to the My Nano Wrimo section and enter a title and genre for your story.

In this section you can also add regional affiliations, a portrait and buddies who have signed up too.

Each year in November you start writing, so this is the perfect time to sign up.

Anyone who has ever attempted writing 50,000 words will know that a month is not a long time, so the idea is to just write, write, write, and then tidy it up later on.

Throughout the month there will be motivational exercises and a thriving forum community full of people just like you all encouraging each other to keep going.

Update your word count and post excerpts for others to read in the My Nano Wrimo section.

Runner's World Magazine website

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Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, and there is no more accessible form of exercise than running, which is why Runner's World Magazine has made my hit-list this week.

There is something for everyone here. From tips and guides about stretching and building up fitness and muscle, to checklists and advice about avoiding and coping with injury.

Laid out magazine style, all the sections are accessible through the menu bar across the top, plus there are featured articles highlighted in the first panel on the homepage.

The articles are straightforward and easy to follow, and I guess if I could criticise anything it would be the slightly dry nature of the commentary, but then you do not put your running gear on for laughs, do you?

When you open a section using the menu bar across the top you will see a side panel of sub-sections appear on the left, making it super-easy to find your way around.

The area specific sections, like race finder and destinations, are aimed at an American audience, but sections worth noting are the marathon time calculator and the whole of the motivation section, motivation being about 9/10th's of the battle where I am concerned.

Videojug website

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Next a quick delve into VideoJug, which was suggested by Pat Lee from New Zealand.

"Life explained, on film" is the website's tag-line, and it is basically a directory of video "how-to" films, covering everything from cooking a 10 minute curry, to juggling with hula-hoops.

It is easy to find your way around. Just use the category links in the left hand panel, or you can search for a keyword in the box provided.

Once you pick a subject the movie starts playing automatically. All videos offer step-by-step instructions with a voice over explaining the process.

If you feel you have something to add then you can upload your own how-to movie using the Upload tab at the top.

Once it has been approved by the site's creators your movie will be added to the directory, and make sure you send us a link so we can admire your work.


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It has been a while since we looked at any gaming sites, and I chose this next one because of one particular game that has had me totally hooked for about a week.

Do not worry, there are only 30 levels to complete though, so you should be able to get life back to normal after you have finished it.

OneMoreLevel.com is packed full of great games, but the one I want to direct you to is

The idea here is to join each pair of like-coloured squares with an uninterrupted line of squares the same colour.

Draw the lines by clicking a coloured square then clicking on any grey square to colour it the same - black squares are blocked so you have to find a route around them.

"Sounds easy," I hear you say. Yeah right, levels one to seven are quite easy, but it gets progressively harder as you go along.

Another game of note on this site is

It is like Tetris, only with blocks containing letters that you have to make into words to explode them. Fun and educational - what more can you ask of a shockwave game?

Do not forget if you discover a killer game online, send it in to us, for we surely do not have enough things in our day to waste our time.

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