8 helpful resources and guides for NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo is go tomorrow so I’ve put together a list of resources, guides and blog posts that I’ve found really useful in the past and this year.

It’s not too late to start planning and you can plan as you go along. November is for writing your rough draft, not creating something perfect. Grab a cup of coffee / tea / hot chocolate and sit down and go through this list. 

  • Character development templates – that forum has a link to some great worksheets that will help you create believable characters. 
  • Plot generator – if you’re stuck, this can be really fun and can spark your creativity. 
  • Place name generator – particularly good if you’re writing a fantasy novel
  • NaNoWriMo forums – this is perhaps the best resource here. There are forums for spurring you on, writing tips, plot tips, character tips and my favourite forum is the Reference Desk.
  • NaNoWriMo Home Region – find people in your area taking part and attend group write-ins and other fun events 
  • How to write 10,000 words in one day on Notebook Sisters 
  • Plotting sheet – I found this through the NaNoWriMo forums and it looks like a good way to create a detailed plan of your novel. 
  • Shameless plug time! Last week I posted a video on 10 things you need for a successful NaNoWriMo! I’ll just leave it here for you. 

Make sure you read the emails you get from NaNoWriMo, especially the pep talks from authors because they’re a fun way to keep your inspiration up. 

If you have any tips to add, share away in the comments.