Wednesday, September 17, 2014
As I mentioned on Monday I'm joining in National Novel Writing Month this year, so my November will be devoted to writing a book in thirty days. During that month here at the blog I'll also put up some motivational posts, progress updates, helpful links and anything I find that may be of interest to other NaNo'ers. They haven't updated the official website yet for 2014, but when they do I'll share whatever I think is notable (and please, Lord, let them design a better logo for this year. 2013 was pitiful.)
You may be thinking of diving in the madness as well, and I encourage you to go crazy and do it. For one thing, NaNoWriMo is the most work you will ever love and the most fun you will ever have in a single month. It's terrific to hammer out those 50,000 words and win, too, but it's not about that, not really. It's about you, and your writing, and living the writing life. For thirty days you get to experience what a writer's life is like; the nuts and bolts of what it is to be a writer (versus daydreaming/talking/wishing about it.)
For NaNoWriMo last year I found a bunch of November novel links in the PBW archives, and to get a jump on 2014 I thought I'd repost the list. Here they are:
ABCharacter -- a quick and easy way to outline a character.
Endweek NaNoPost -- making cover art for your NaNonovel along with some resource links.
Hiveword -- my review of Mike Fleming's terrific online novel organizer.
NaNo Now What? -- my suggestions on how to edit your NaNonovel once you're finished.
Midweek NaNoPost -- if you're a late starter, stuck in a rut, or you like to beat yourself up over anything writing-related, join the No Expectations Club via this pep talk.
NaNoFun -- Scroll down past the old 2010 badges to find some links to fun, free NaNoWriMo-friendly widgets.
NaNoNotebook -- how making up a notebook for your NaNonovel can help, with links to helpful freeware.
NaNoStuff Ten -- a list of freeware for NaNoWriMo'ers.
NaNoTen -- ten things to try when writing your NaNoWriMo book.
NaNoWriMo Wednesday -- some thoughts on planning your November novel, along with some links on outlining resources.
NaNoWriMojo Ten -- ten things to try when you're feeling blocked, it's no more fun, the magic has gone caput, etc.
Old Rides, New Roads -- my suggestions on how to evaluate an old story idea and its potential to serve as inspiration for your November novel.
Prep Talks -- The Mountain, Stand Out Characters, Food and Fire and Glass Wisdom.
Ready, Set, NaNoWriMo -- ideas and resources for November 1st.
Red Notebook -- my review on this interesting, helpful virtual calendar/notebook freeware.
You Are My Fire -- my storyteller's take on why we write, and for whom.
Writing Your Dragons -- how to handle writing something you hate to write.
So who else is in? Are you already making plans? What are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in comments.