Doing NaNoWriMo? Nail it with this resource kit

nanoI can’t believe it’s already October. And that means it’s just a month until NaNoWriMo. For the uninitiated, it’s a worldwide writing lockdown where scribblers of all levels undertake to write a 50,000-word draft in just 30 days.

So here’s a list of NaNoWriMo resources I’ve written on this blog and further afield.

1 NaNoWriMo – should you? No, you can’t write a publishable novel in one month – or very few of us can. But that’s not what NaNoWriMo is about. And you can use NaNoWriMo to get a proper, publishable manuscript up and running. Here’s a post about that.


2 So how do you do it? Preparation is key. Yes, it’s allowed. Here’s a work plan I wrote for Writers & Artists.


3. Most outlines focus on the story. Is that too constricting for you? Would you rather just write and see what happens? Here’s another angle. Plan your characters, wing the plot. As demonstrated at Romance University. (But suitable for the staunchly unromantic too.)

nano14. Yes, but HOW DO YOU DO IT? Three old hands share their NaNoWriMo tips.



5. A little book. Allow me to discreetly mention Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books & How You Can Draft, Fix & Finish With Confidence. Use it to guide your research, firm up your story and road-test your plot. While you’re writing it will give you strategies to keep you focussed, creative and confident. And when you collapse on a pile of words at the other end, it will hold your hand as you sort out what to do next.


6. So much to read! I should be planning my book!  NaNo advice can come to you in your headphones. In this episode of my radio show, So You Want To Be A Writer, with bookseller Peter Snell, we discuss all things NaNo.




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  1. #1 by depatridge on October 1, 2016 - 4:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog and commented:
    Thoughtful guide

  2. #2 by Tonya R. Moore on October 1, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this awesome guide! I’ll be taking full advantage.

  3. #4 by DRMarvello on October 2, 2016 - 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the helpful resources. My wife has done (and won) Nano for the past two years. I’ve considered doing it myself, but it’s exhausting just thinking about the 1,700-ish per day word count quota. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve managed that many words in a day over the past year. I’m torn between being realistic versus optimistic, and uncertain whether admitting defeat before I start is worse than failing to achieve the 50K goal. (*sigh*)

    Is it better to have Nano’d and lost than to have never Nano’d at all?

  4. #6 by Lori Sailiata on October 2, 2016 - 5:28 pm

    Love the format. Similar to the one I used for my old community radio show, Whirled Peas Café.

  5. #8 by Ben on October 2, 2016 - 7:07 pm

    Thanks for this nice collection of your resources. Now that so many people are doing their NaNoWriMo on their personal WordPress sites, I’d definitely recommend checking out plugins like WP Word Count and Chapter For Authors to help keep yourself organized as the month progresses.

  6. #10 by Alexander M Zoltai on October 6, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Notes from An Alien and commented:
    This is re-blog #1 today…

  7. #11 by Roz Morris @Roz_Morris on October 8, 2017 - 9:49 am

    Reblogged this on Nail Your Novel and commented:

    I don’t often reblog my past posts, but this is particularly topical right now. All the resources you need for a successful NaNoWriMo. Have fun!

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