Five Websites to Help You Win NaNo

Use these websites as resources to help you wine NaNoWriMo!

There are a LOT of resources out there to help you win NaNoWriMo. I’ve already mentioned several of them here, here, here, and here. But, since NaNoWriMo is just a week away, I’m including one more post on the best websites to make writing your novel easier. A month from now, with the end in sight, come back to this blog post…you’ll need to be reminded that yes, in fact, you can write a novel in a month.

So what are the best sites for NaNoWriMo? Or any writing for that matter…

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the NaNoWriMo website right? Here you can earn badges, keep track of your word count, get weekly pick-me-ups from other NaNo winners and famous writers, and of course, the forums.

The NaNo site is your home base. I get a good amount of joy in updating my word count…every 100 words. I just love watching those little charts change! It’s also a great encouragement (distraction??) to read the pep talks.

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Not only does the point system encourage you to write every single day, but you also get pretty stats on when you write, how often you get distracted, how you’re feeling, what you’re writing about, what your words-per-minute rate is, etc. If you love stats, free form writing, or something to keep you coming back to write every day.

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Similar to 750 Words but without the statistics, the Write Chain Challenge keeps you writing every single day. Especially during NaNo, we could all use a bit more motivation in that park.

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This one is fairly straightforward: for every so many words, you get a new photo of an adorable kitten or bunny or puppy! Does it get any better than that? Talk about motivation.

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Use ALL THE TIME and wordhippo is very similar. Whether you need synonyms, antonyms, rhymes, definitions, etc, they have you covered. Because we’ve all had that moment where we’re thinking of a word (or we don’t know how to spell it) and it’s just easier to use a synonym.

Bonus! –

It doesn’t get much better than this for help with naming characters. Every name you could imagine is here complete with meanings, country of origin, and famous people with that name. Gold.

What are your favorite sites for NaNoWriMo help? I’d love to know in the comments!


The Basics of Story: Setting

Write a setting or build a world that your readers love.

Setting, and along with it, world building is one of those things that cause writers to get all giggly. We could nerd out for several hours on the intricacies of the fantastical worlds we have created or read about. Nothing gets a writer excited and apprehensive quite like building your own world from scratch.

Every writer has to do world building, whether you’re creating a fictional place or writing about downtown New York City in 2016. Both require research, thoroughness, and a liberal use of correctly used adjectives. Continue Reading

My 7 Tools to Finish NaNoWriMo Every Time

These are my best tools to help you finish NaNoWriMo every year.

Whether you’re a NaNo virgin or veteran, you’ll start to see that every participant in NaNoWriMo has their own special list of tools and supplies to get through the month. Whether it’s copious amounts of coffee, lucky socks, or the exact same tea mug the entire month long, as you go through NaNoWriMo, you’ll find your must-haves and your must-have-nots.

Today, I’m sharing my tools of the NaNo trade. These are the tools I swear by to not only finish NaNoWriMo, but finish with little stress, plenty of style, and with my wits intact. Continue Reading

The Basics of Story: Character

Write great characters with my top three ways to create relatable characters.

In preparation for NaNoWriMo coming up next month (!!!!!) I’m doing a new series this month! If you’ve never tried your hand at writing a 50,000-word novel in a month, or if you just want a refresher on the basics, then this series is for you. I’ll be writing about the Basics of Story.

There are several parts to any good story. As a reader, I’m sure you know what sort of characters, plots, settings, etc, make for your ideal story. In this series, I’m breaking story down so you can be well prepared and well equipped to bust out several thousand words in November.

Last week we touched on plot and how a well thought out plot can make or break your story. Today, we’ll be discussing characters. Continue Reading

NaNo Prep 101

Prepare for NaNoWriMo and win this year! Click through for five tips to write and finish your NaNo novel.

Is anyone else panicking that NaNoWriMo is less than a month away?!?

If you are, I’ve got just the thing for you! By the end of this post, you’ll be ready and raring to go when Nov. 1 comes around.

If you’re a planner, then things like NaNoWriMo will really put you through your paces. You’ll be tested on your forethought, your follow through, your self-discipline, and your stamina to maintain your passion for your goals. But don’t worry, if you’re the type of person who lives off to-do lists, has multiple planners, and assesses your goals on an almost daily basis, then you’ll be just fine.

These are my top five tips to prep you for the most successful NaNo experience! Continue Reading