National Novel Writing Month is less than a week away — while it’s not for everyone, for many writers NaNoWriMo can be a great way to get into a regular writing habit, or an opportunity to finally write down that novel they’ve always dreamed of getting published.
There’s a lot of pressure on writers who commit to the challenge: to reach the 50,000 word minimum goal at the end of the month, you’ll need to write at least 1,667 words a day. If you have any other pressures in your life, like a day job or family commitments, setting aside enough time to write consistently each day of the month can be difficult. The pressure only intensifies for beginning writers who may never have tried to write a book before, and don’t know where to start!
That’s why I’ve pulled together some of the best posts from The Renegade Word over the past two years, to help keep you inspired, on target, full of creative ideas, and even help you improve your writing throughout the month.
Writing Prompts – Check out our library of writing prompts whenever you get stuck on a new chapter. Let us know if any of them inspire you as you work on your novel!
Jumpstart Your Creativity By Asking “What If?” – Still not sure what to write about? Asking “what if” can be a powerful inspirational tool no matter what genre you work in.
Uncovering Hidden Stories: An Overlooked Wellspring of Creative Inspiration – Everyone you meet and every place you visit has a story. Uncovering hidden stories can be a great way to find inspiration when your creative well runs dry.
Hello Freewrite, My Old Friend: Jumpstart Creativity By Letting It All Out – What can you do when you sit down to write but can’t think of a thing to say? Freewrite!
6 Simple Ways to Instantly Cure Writer’s Block – When you’re in the grip of writer’s block, it’s hard not to panic. But there are a few things you can do to get yourself back in the game.
7 Ways To Boost Your Creativity – And if those tips don’t help, you can always try a few of these instead!
When Writers Struggle With “Impostor Syndrome” – One of the biggest hurdles writers run into during NaNo is their harsh inner critic. It can be hard to finish a project when something deep inside you keeps telling you that your writing just isn’t good enough. Here’s some advice on how to beat back “impostor syndrome.”
2. Setting Your Schedule
5 Ways to Find Your Writing Groove – It’s easy to start NaNoWriMo with high hopes, only to give up halfway through when you’re 10,000 words behind. Jene Conrad shares her tips for setting a writing schedule and actually sticking to it.
5 Easy Tips For Getting Back In The Writing Habit – Of course, if you haven’t written regularly for some time, it can be hard to turn your creative flow back on. Emily Cotterill has some extra advice for writers who are feeling a little bit rusty.
3. Writing Tips
4 Steps To Writing Truly Scary Horror – If you’re spending your November on a spooky or supernatural story, Jeff Provine has 4 tips to help you keep your readers on the edge of their seats.
Five Ways to Find Inspiration on a Deadline – It isn’t easy to write 50,000 words in only 30 days! These tips will help you keep the ideas flowing even when you’re under pressure.
WIP It Good: The Hidden Benefits of Sharing Your Work-in-Progress – Feeling stuck partway through your story? Having a writing buddy who can read over your story may help you figure out where to go next.
4 Essential Rules of Research for Fiction Writers – Some say to “write what you know.” But that’s no fun. Here’s some advice on how to write what you don’t!
Past, Present, and Future: Choosing a Tense and Sticking to It – Deciding what tense to write your novel in is not a choice to make lightly. This guide will help you figure out which tense will serve your story best, and help keep you from accidentally getting mixed up while you’re writing.
Mixed Metaphors Are Serious Business (Here’s How to Avoid Them) – Mixed metaphors can cause your writing to be confusing to your readers, leaving them feeling like they’re not the sharpest enchilada in the drawer. In this article, Lauren Seegmiller shows you how to spot these sneaky phrases and eliminate them from your writing.
Lauren Says, “Here’s How to Punctuate Dialogue Correctly.” – Perhaps this isn’t on the forefront of your mind as you plot your novel, but it’s better to know how to punctuate dialogue before you sit down to write 50,000 words than to have to edit everything later!
So there you have it. All the best advice the Renegade Word staff and contributors have to help you prepare for the grueling month ahead. Do you have any other resources, tool, or advice to get through NaNoWriMo? Share your thoughts in the comments below!