Looking for some NaNoWriMo tips? I have a few resources I’ve put together, but wanted to share some of the tips I’ve found from others, too, all in one place. Here’s my list.
- NaNoWriMo: Writing a First Draft
Repeat: This is just a first draft
- Get Writing in November With 10 NaNoWriMo Tips
They saved the best advice for last: finish the story you start, even if it takes until Christmas
- 5 Tips to Win at NaNoWriMo
My NaNoWriMo specific tips, culled from a couple years of experience.
- Second Step Coaching’s NaNoPrep list
That alarm trick might actually work, especially if you find yourself short on time
- 25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo
- Fantasy Faction NaNoWriMo Tips
Aside from the suggestion to cheat and start early (why?), this is a pretty good list.
- Camp NaNoWriMo
November not good for you? We’ve got a solution for that.
General Writing Tips
- 8 Writing Tips from Paul Coelho
I especially like his advice on style (it’s fleeting, write a good story instead) and research (no one but you really cares).
- Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes When You Name Your Characters
Start with the phone book? Do we even still have those?
- How to Start a Story
Begin with a bang. Not literally, but almost.
- 10 Writing Tips From Joss Whedon
He’s my hero.
- 10 Tips to Avoid Procrastination
Schedule, schedule, schedule.
- NaNoWriMo Spreadsheet Tracker
I created this template a few years back, and it still works pretty well. Give it a try.
- NaNoWriMo Word Counting Calendar
I’d never seen one of these before, but it’s an interesting idea if you’re more the manual calculation type.
I would love to keep updating this list as the month goes on, so if you come across something great, send it to me on Twitter and shoot off an email. Here’s one last sage piece of advice:
NaNoWriMo participants: take a breath, enjoy your your inspiration, kisses to the family and… fly into yourself ! pic.twitter.com/xGTHyzaaG4
— Enjoy WriteRight (@WriteRight_app) October 31, 2013