Starting and finishing a novel successfully is not an easy task. However, starting and finishing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days is the stuff of champions. NaNoWriMo, which occurs yearly during the month of November, challenges writers to craft a novel in a month. Thousands of writers from all over the world take part in the challenge and whether you are a novice or expert writer, NaNoWriMo presents a wonderful chance for writers to expand and grow their writing skills.
That said, those brave enough to participate often find themselves looking for support and encouragement to get them through the process. Fortunately, there are countless resources and forums out there that help to make the task a little easier. Here are a few national novel writing month resources to help you complete your story successfully:
Pep Talks are comprised of inspiration letters that are written by well known and successful authors to encourage NaNoWriMo participants. The e-mails are typically delivered directly to your NaNoMail box throughout the duration of the challenge. The emails contain tips that can inspire and motivate you so that you can complete your story.
Write or die
This is an online application that is designed to help writers deal with writer’s block. It works by allowing writers to punish themselves if they stop typing on the application or once they slow down. The application comes with different settings that can enable you to set your preferred goal in the time period that works best for you.
The Timer + is an easy to use app that is easier to commit to and less strict compared to Write or Die. A writer simply needs to commit to writing a specific word count each day.
NaNoWriMo forums are great for writers who are stuck trying to figure out the most important components of their stories. There are countless NaNo forums online that can help all types of NaNoWriMo writers including those that are participating for the first time. There are also genre specific forums suitable for certain types of writing if you need help in a specific genre.
Blog articles are some of the best resources for a NaNoWriMo participant to utilize. Blog articles are easily accessible and most contain reliable information. Additionally, there are endless blogs out there meaning that you can compare the information given and pick what works for you. Try and soak up as much information from the blogs as possible before the month begins so that you can be properly prepared.