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NaNoWriMo: Quick Preparation Tips and Resources

Are you entering the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) contest this November?

How It Works

You must produce a 50,000 word piece of fiction, from scratch, by midnight on November 30th. NaNoWriMo works on the honour system.

Pros: No entry fees; forces you to write a lot over a short period of time; you have nothing to lose by entering.

Cons: No prizes, so less motivation; you’ll probably produce writing of questionable quality under such constraints; it’s easy to quit because there are no consequences.

Do the pros outweigh the cons? That’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself. You can check out the full details here, or browse FAQs.

Quick NaNoWriMo Tips

How do you plan to get that book written in such a short time? Here are some tips to keep you on track as you race to the finish line:

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Free Online Resources for NaNoWriMo

If you want to write a novel in a month, you’ll need to prepare. Check out the following free resources to help you:

  1. 5 Resources to Help You Plan your NaNoWriMo Novel, Procrastinating Writers
  2. 9 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo, Write Anything
  3. Five Must-Have Resources for Nanowrimo, Web Stuff 4 Writers
  4. NaNoWriMo Tracker Template and Some Resources, Domestic Joy
  5. Must-Have Tools for NaNoWriMo, Learn to Write Fiction

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NaNoWriMo Last-Minute Checklist

How are you using the last two weeks of October to prepare for NaNoWriMo?

Your NaNoWriMo experience will be much richer if you study a copy of Larry Brooks’ masterful Story Structure Demystified before you begin. Check out my review of Story Structure Demystified.