Written by Scribendi
Participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a rite of passage for many authors.
Not only does NaNoWriMo help aspiring authors transition from thinking about writing to actually writing, but it also introduces them to a writing community that becomes invaluable during the challenge and beyond.
That being said, writing 50,000 words in one month is no easy task, even for the most experienced writer. That's why we want to contribute our research and expertise to the writing community in the form of this NaNoWriMo writing guide.
The guide will walk you through the NaNoWriMo process—from outlining, to overcoming writer's block, to developing your characters—and it will offer resources you can reference even after the challenge is over.
Our NaNoWriMo Survival Guide
Before You Write
- NaNoWriMo: Are You Ready?
- NaNoWriMo: Scribendi's Guide to Getting Started
- NaNoWriMo: Tips on Writing a Book
- Prewriting: Having Trouble Putting Words on the Page?
- How to Become a Writer: 12 Baby Steps to Help You Reach Your Goal
- A Glossary of Fiction Writing Terms
- 9 Great Tools to Help with the Writing Process
Beating Writer's Block and Finding Inspiration
- The Top 10 Ways to Beat Writer's Block
- 7 Uncommon Places to Find Writing Inspiration
- 8 Visual Writing Prompts Worth a Thousand Words
- Why Every Author Should Start Writing a Journal
- Music for Work: 5 Great Productivity Playlists to Keep You on Track
- 34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books [Infographic]
- The 30 Best Writing Websites of the Year
- Writing Tips from the Screenwriters Who Wrote Your Favorite Shows
- The 8 Best TED Talks for Writers
- 7 Things Famous Monsters Can Teach You about Writing [Infographic]
- Are You a Writer?
Writing Tutorials: Characters
- How to Write a Character Sketch
- How to Write a Believable Protagonist and Antagonist
- Creating Believable Characters
- 5 Common Character Archetypes in Literature
Writing Tutorials: Plot
- How to Write a Plot
- Plot Structures for Books in a Series
- The Golden Rules for a Good Plot
- Plot Resolution: Bringing Your Plot to a Good Resolution
Writing Tips and Tricks
- First, Second, and Third Person: How to Recognize and Use Narrative Voice
- Five Habits to Avoid in Fiction Writing
- Twelve Words You Probably Have Wrong
- How to Eliminate Wordiness
- So Wrong It's Right: Bending Grammar Rules in Your Fiction Writing
- Ten Tips to Help You Avoid Telling Writing
After You Write: Editing and Publishing
- NaNoWriMo: Now What?
- English Grammar Guide
- Copy Editing and Why You Need It
- How to Write a Dedication
- How to Write a Prologue
- How to Write a Preface and a Foreword
- Front Matter: What It Is and Why It Is Important
- Understanding Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing
- How to Copyright a Book
- How to Self-Publish a Book in 10 Easy Steps
- Ebook Publishing
- Navigating the Publishing Process: A Guide for New Authors
- How to Get Published
- How to Write a Synopsis
- How to Write a Query Letter
With the above links, you should have all you need not just to survive NaNoWriMo season, but to emerge with a completed manuscript and increased confidence in your writing skills.
Once you're ready to start polishing that manuscript, we'll be here with our team of professional editors and proofreaders. Scribendi's team has been helping writers strengthen their voices and refine their work for well over two decades.
We're excited to see what the latest crop of writers will bring.
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About the Author
Scribendi's in-house editors work with writers from all over the globe to perfect their writing. They know that no piece of writing is complete without a professional edit, and they love to see a good piece of writing transformed into a great one. Scribendi's in-house editors are unrivaled in both experience and education, having collectively edited millions of words and obtained nearly 20 degrees. They love consuming caffeinated beverages, reading books of various genres, and relaxing in quiet, dimly lit spaces.