Ultimate NaNoWriMo Guide

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

Ultimate NaNoWriMo Guide

Ultimate NaNoWriMo Guide

I know what you’re thinking. You went to sleep after typing away for hours trying to squeeze out the last of your daily #NaNoWriMo word goal, and you thought to yourself, “wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of NaNoWriMo ultimate resource guide?” Well, it’s a darned good thing we’re mind readers because that’s exactly what we’ve done. Here are some of the best resources, links, and pictures we’ve found for NaNoWriMo.

First off, figure out what NaNoWriMo is. If you want to know why Muses Kristen and Jolene are doing NaNo or not, go here! Once you’ve done that, you can move onwards and upwards!


Things Keep You Going During NaNoWriMo:

Ways to Stay Healthy During NaNoWriMo

Peptalks when you need them (and an entire archive of them here)

Stay focused with web widgets displaying your progress

Join a region to meet up with fellow writers. Or for step-by-step instructions on how-to, go here!

YA Highway’s Carpool Lane – Daily Inspiration

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Quit

Tips To Survive NaNoWriMo With Your Sanity

Just Keep Swimming

NaNoSpiration – Part Deux



How To Write A Novel

Prepping for Nanowrimo: What You Must Know About Your Novel – and You

Starting A Novel (from Pen and Muse Summer School)

Visual Plotting through a Problem Board

How to Fix Your Outline After You’ve Royally Screwed It Up

Plan It Out With Pinterest

Writing Resources For Plotting

Campfire Tales: An Unique Way To Create A Synopsis

Fun Ways To Plot


Other Tools To Get You There

Scrivener Freebie: Scrivener Template from Pen & Muse

Word Count Worksheet from Pen & Muse

Novel Outlining Worksheet

Achievement Cards and Writing Report Card (compliments of NaNoWriMo Los Angeles)

Resources for NaNo Instructors

Awesome Writing Resources from Lit Agent Nathan Bransford

Writer’s Digest Tips

Gearing Up For Nano Course by the Muses 

NaNo Monopoly!!! (I know. I was pumped too.)




Character Building

Adding Depth to a Character Archetype

Adding Depth to Characters Through Astrology

Getting to Know Your Character Questions + Worksheet

Creating 3 Dimensional Characters

Creating Characters and Villains

Making Characters Believable

How To Create Secondary Characters That Sparkle

How To Write Characters With Disabilities

Character Creation: How To Breathe Life Into Your Character  


Authors Who Have Been Three

Jill Baguchinsky


Make It Pretty!

Check out the amazing backgrounds for your computer by Svenjia Liv

NaNoWriMo calendar by Elaine Rose

NaNoWriMo calendar from Ed Dale’s blog

Calendars and Inspiration from Dave Farmer

NaNoWriMo calendar by Danielle-Saints


Reward Yourself For a Job Well Done!

Order some sweet NaNoMerch for when you’re done

Donate money to The Office of Letters and Lights to keep NaNo alive

Check out the special offers page for NaNoWriMo participants


Rewarding via Editing

Reward yourself via more writing torture! Editing

 NaNoWriMo Editing Inspiration

Editing Checklist

Copy Editing Wizardry Tricks

The 6 People You Have To Be When Line Editing Your Novel

Editing for Champions: Self Editing

Editing for Champions: Types of Edits

How To Trim Words From Your Manuscript












And so, what are your favorite NaNoWriMo resources out there? What other pretty calendars have you found? Inspirational guides? Let us know in the comments below!

Wishing all the success in the world,

Kristen Jett, Kristen Jett author, KristenJett, @KristenJettJolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley

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