It’s a motto I can’t do without. Write. Every. Day. Less than twenty-seven days until National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins. Are you ready?
Is this your first NaNo? Rest easy. There are tons of people out there with resources to help you get started. The Nanowrimo.org page is a great place to start. Some of my favorite authors do mini workshops during NaNo to keep you moving.
For new NaNo’ers and Vets alike, I’ve put together a list of resources that come in serious handy during the madness of 50k in a month (click on the names below, and they’ll open to the other sites)
Lynn Viehl (aka S.L. Viehl, Jessica Hall) is participating this year. Every year she has great hints, tips, and motivational posts. As a NYTimes bestselling author, she could be doing so many other things…what a great lady.
The Writer’s CheatSheet via No White Space.org. Guys, this is the end all-be all of cheat sheets. The plot layout (hero’s journey, the 12 steps to intimacy *cough* romance *cough*), and the character development lists (phobias, developing a character, archetypes, goal, and motivation) are amazing. Please, check it out.
Try new Software: These are NaNoWriMo sponsors. Note: the link takes you to the sponsor page, not the individual links. I use Scrivener, and bought it last year after I won NaNo (50% discount!!!).
What about some of these NYTimes Bestselling authors? They gave fantastic NaNoWriMo pep talks. Piers Anthony (Xanth and many others), Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld series), Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries), Neil Gaiman (Coraline), etc.
Join me. Write. I know you can do it! I’ll be right there in the trenches with you. Trust me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.