Wednesday, October 5, 2011

All About NaNoWriMo

imageNovember 1st through 30th is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

If you’re not familiar with it, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month. You can log your progress online, participate in forums for different genres, and receive motivation, support, and encouragement from other writers.

Unfortunately, I never seem able to participate because I’m in the middle of a manuscript (to technically follow the rules, you’re supposed to start a new project), but I feed off of the creativity and excitement of the participants and lurk in the forums pretty frequently, too.

I thought I’d run this post a little earlier than I ordinarily would, because I think that sometimes to write a novel quickly, we need a little prep-work beforehand.

Interested in participating in NaNoWriMo next month? Here are some posts to help you get prepared (some posts from last year and some more recent ones):

Wondering whether you should participate?

5 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month:

The Pros and Cons of NaNoWriMo:

Recent series on NaNoWriMo:

Larry Brooks on StoryFix is currently running a series, “Nail Your NaNoWriMo.” Here are his first posts-- , 2:, 3:

Alexandra Sokoloff is also doing a series of posts on preparing for NaNoWriMo: and are her first two.

Some help from last year:

6 Golden Rules of NaNoWriMo:

NaNoWriMo Workshop – Plot:

NaNoWriMo Boot Camp: Choosing the Right Idea:

Getting your NaNo on:

NaNoWriMo - Make a list:

Make Your NaNoWriMo Experience Count:

Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Outlining A Novel Worth Reading:

5 Resources To Help You Plan Your NaNoWriMo Novel:

Anybody planning on participating in the challenge?