It’s November and for many writers around the world it means a month of non-stop writing. Yes, it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where writers everywhere take on the challenge to write 50,000 words by the end of November. To put that into context, it’s 1,667 words every day for the 30 days. I’ve tried it a few times and my best achievement was a little over 27,000. To help you all out, I decided to focus this week’s column on NaNoWriMo tips and advice, because let’s face it, the first week is the easiest and it is usually in week 2 or 3 that things start to fall apart. A missed day here and there can soon see you behind by a couple of thousand words and it’s not so easy to catch up.
- https://allfreelancewriting.com/falling-behind-nanowrimo-3-tips-get-back-track/ – Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips To Get You Back on Track: This article from All Freelance Writing was written back in 2016, but the advice is still relevant. If you’ve fallen behind these 3 tips will help you get back on track. The first is to use the Pomodoro Technique. Then you have Voice to Text, and more. Each tip comes with a little bonus tip as well, so if you need some motivation to get you caught up on your word count, be sure to read this.
- https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/167247854111/pro-tips-from-a-nano-coach-help-im-10000-words – Pro Tips From a NaNo Coach: Help! I’m 10,000 Words Behind: It happens. You start off strong, but life gets in the way and before you know it, you are way behind and thinking about giving up. If that’s you, be sure to read this motivational post from one of the NaNo coaches.
- https://www.bustle.com/articles/192313-12-nanowrimo-tips-and-tricks-for-making-it-through-the-month – 12 NaNoWriMo Tips and Tricks For Making It Through The Month: First up we have this article from Bustle which details what NaNoWriMo is before jumping into 12 great tips complete with gifs to keep you going. It includes planning for catch-up days, writing more when you can, having a support system, and staying positive.
- https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/nanowrimo-prep-30-tips-resources-strategies-for-writing-a-book-in-30-days – NaNoWriMo Advice: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days: This post from Writer’s Digest has everything you need to tackle NaNoWriMo and make it to the end. It begins with explaining why you need to change your mindset before you start and the fact that you will be sitting in front of your computer for hours every day. It also includes a list of books on writing a book in 30 days and the most important advice you’ll find when it comes to NaNoWriMo – shut your inner editor up!
- https://blog.reedsy.com/nanowrimo/ – Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo 2019: Reedsy has a great page devoted to NaNoWriMo that explains what it is as well as listing the reasons to get involved. It then moves on to list some winning tips. There’s a lot in this article and it is well worth taking the time to read if you are finding yourself struggling.
- https://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/187491591026/tips-and-tricks-for-writing-with-adhd – Tips and Tricks for Writing with ADHD: The NaNoWriMo blog has an excellent article for those with ADHD. It lists the problem and then offers a number of solutions. Problems can include getting bored with your ideas or getting distracted by the internet.
- http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2010/11/01/nanowhonow-nanowrimo-dos-and-donts/ – NaNoWriMo Dos and Don’ts: Chuck Wendig is great and if you don’t read his blog you should. This is his post from 2010 about NaNoWriMo and it’s packed with wit and humour as well as some great tips for every writer.
I hope you enjoyed the links today and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
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