NaNoWriMo For Beginners

I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for a while now but this is the first time I’m actually participating. I can tell you that these first few days have been brutal. I thought I could push out the 1667 words per day challenge like a pro. NOT!! It was a chore the first day to get over 500 words on the page and I know where I want to go with my story. Geeezzz! Anyway, Kris Noel has some great advice for the first time NaNoWriMo participant. Happy Writing!



I’ll be covering a variety of topics for NaNoWriMo, but it seems like a lot of people want to know how to approach their first time writing a novel in a month. It can be scary and it might feel like an impossible task, but I’ll try to help in any way I can!

First, let’s talk about what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November (there are other versions of NaNoWriMo, but this is the big one). First time writers, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between, attempt to write the first draft, or no-draft as I like to call it, in a single month. The goal is 50,000 words. That means that usually a lot of planning has to go into it a few weeks before.

Here’s some advice that I hope will help first time NaNowriMos get started:

Outlines are important

I know some of you might not like writing outlines because you feel it restricts you creatively, but it’s a fairly important step for NaNoWriMo. You only have a month to write, so you better have some idea what you’re writing. Start off with the general plot and your characters and go from there. Having an outline will help you stay on track and will keep writer’s block at bay. Read more here!

What Does The Book Guru Suggest?

If you have never heard of him you are in for a treat. Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer has found some sites that are offering us some great information for writers. I love stumbling across these sites that share there tips on becoming better at what we do and that is writing. Happy Reading!

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English: monobook icon. Français : signalétique monobook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Week in the Blogs, November 24 – 30, 2013


Wow, is November really over? It seems like a whirlwind of activity since the excitement over National Novel Writing Month began, and now it’s over. I hope there are lots of juicy first drafts out there, and that these books—or many of them—will reach publication. In the meantime, there’s lots of great reading here, and at the bottom a wrap up on our Nano Promotion. Cheers!

Penny Sansevieri on Author Marketing Experts Blog
Author Alert: Resolving the Amazon Keyword Issue
“I had read somewhere that Jeff Bezos reads all of his email. I don’t know if that’s true or an Amazon urban legend but I figured it was worth a try. So I took the email they gave me for KDP (their standard email) and wrote the following note to both Jeff Bezos and KDP. Candidly, I assumed it would lead nowhere:”

John Amy on Promo Design
10 Tips for designing your Kindle Ebook Cover
“The secret is to produce something that attracts your particular audience and conveys the substance and quality of the writing – and ideally enhances it.”



National Novel Writing Month 2013

NaNoWriMo applique

NaNoWriMo applique (Photo credit: The Sean & Lauren Spectacular)



Writers are at it again and pounding those keys as they prep to become the next best thing! Well, at least we are all hopeful.  If you are new or old to this amazing phenomenon I have put together a list of information that might be helpful as you plunge into this month of writing. 

National Novel Writing Month Official Site

Writers will find handy tools, like tracking progress and meeting fellow writers,  to help keep them motivated throughout the month. Pep Talks is available and consists of a  list of famed writers who offer their experience along with words of wisdom.

Fantasy Worldbuilder Guide

If you are working on a book of fantasy this site helps you put build your world in 30 days. Writers will get tips on how to create climate, races, politics, geography, culture and so much more.

Holly Lisle

If you are interested in having a visual of your novel and its world, Holly will teach you how-to map out your story.

EPI Guide

Who are your characters? Writers will find a unique list of questions that can be downloaded or printed so that you can get to know everything about your characters.

The Writer’s Journey

Do you need help with your hero and the journey they will embark on? This site will help you line up the rising action of your hero.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Need help with your plot? Do you even have one? This site has a great way to help you randomly select a plot. It isn’t as tricky as it might sound.


If you need a funny pick-me-up, check out the cartoons that were created just for Nanowrimo.

These sites are just a few of the many you can find at the NaNoWriMo site. Happy Writing!