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.
However, 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.
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
- 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 25 Best Writing Websites of 2016
- 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
- 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
- Traditional Publishing versus 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