Read on for the 10 best links to win NaNoWriMo like a literary rockstar – yes they exist – in record time on your first (and every) try.
The key to winning NaNoWriMo (as in most areas in life) is to have a winning approach. Simple strategies that work.
Consider these 10 resources your mastermind circle. I’ve slogged through the writersphere and uncovered the best advice from Nano veterans who have been there, done that and celebrated like Nano gods.
(Ok, so I have no idea how they really celebrated. They might have devoured a bag of Cheetos in thier grandma’s basement for all I know – but the advice is still rock solid)
What better place to learn how to win then from the winners?
These tips are battletested in the rough-hewn trenches of previous NaNoWriMos. Take them to heart, study them and, most importantly, apply them.
Let me know how it goes! I want to hear your victory scream from here. Have any other secrets to winning NaNoWriMo? Please share the love in the comments.
10 Best Links For Winning NaNoWriMo
My favorite: Plot Doctoring forum
2.NaNo Calendar Hack David Seah has hacked the calendar for NaNoWriMo. He has generously provided a calendar you can use to track daily and weekly word counts. This shows you where you are (and where you need to go) at a glance. Plus, it’s a cool trophy, heirloom and social media bragging photo for when you cross the NaNoWriMo finish line like a boss.
My favorite: the downloadable calendar!
3.Serious Novelist’s Guide to NaNoWriMo This article is a gold mine of juicy NaNo secrets. There are links to help you with story structure, character design and inspiration.
My favorite: this quote from Jennifer Bkanchard -“Now you don’t have to take NaNoWriMo seriously. You can just use it as a way to explore a story idea you have. Maybe you’ll use it again, maybe you won’t.”
4.Prep Secrets of NaNoWriMo Lots of real-world, practical tips to help you prepare your story and writing space for NaNoWriMo.
My favorite: Finding Your Key Scenes
5.Rethink NaNoWriMo Short post by Lisa Cron, author of Wired For Story on the pitfalls of NaNoWriMo.
My favorite: Don’t fall in love with your words.
6.Ultimate List of NaNo Tips This really is the ultimate list of NaNoWriMo tips. Lots of lists, links and resources for everything from planning to writing to editing your work after it’s all over.
My favorite: Life After NaNoWriMo
7.11 Tips To Winning NaNoWriMo Excellent tricks to help you dominate the month of November.
My favorite: knowing that several bestselling novels were written during NaNoWriMo – Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen; The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern; Wool, by Hugh Howey; and Cinder, by Marissa Meye.
8.NaNoWriMo Survival Guide Advice stolen from a New York Times Bestselling Author.
My favorite: Forms, Trackers and Spreadsheet resources. This is the mother lode baby!
9.7 Hacks For 50,000 Words Straight up tips that really work.
My favorite: Understand NaNo is a game
10.How I Went From 2,000 Words Per Day to 10,000 I saved the best for last. This is a blog post that outlines in inspiring detail how a pro author leapfrogged from 2,000 words a day to 10,000 words a day.
My favorite: The Triangle of Writing Metric – it’s her secret to speedy scribbling.
Bonus links: Just for Laughs
- A bit snarky but well worth the read. No One Cares How Your Novel is Going
- Another funny one about the stages of NaNoWriMo. Hilarious Stages of NaNoWriMo
And don’t forget there are cool, helpful NaNoWriMo accounts on nearly every social media platform:
Still want more help? Follow @writingsecrets (that’s my writing advice Twitter account).
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite resource, article, or *secret* to winning NaNoWriMo?
Come back on Friday where I’ll share the top 10 Biggest NaNoWriMo Fails (and how to avoid them).