The NaNoWriMo Kickoff Edition!

~ By Melina Kantor

Hello Everyone, and TGIF!

As we discussed last week, it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo! Yay! 🙂

Don’t let that scare you! We’re here to help.

With apps, of course. As a bonus, we’re even throwing in a few extra resources. (If you’re not participating in NaNo, the just consider this a list of fun writing treats.)

1. Word Count Apps

WriteChain allows you to set a writing goal, and then keep track of your writing progress. If you keep up, you create a chain. If you don’t, you break it.

WriMoDemon is a word count app targeted to NaNoWriMo participants. It keeps track of your goals, words, and the number of days left in the challenge.

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2. Keep track of your story ideas and notes with the Evernote app.

Never forget a story idea again! Panters and plotters alike will appreciate this amazing organization tool. You can write and organize notes, record voice memos, take and / or organize photos, and much, much more.

Behold:

(Plotters, you should also take a look at this free sticky note app. I haven’t downloaded it yet, but I’m swooning already.)

3. Noveling Apps

We’ve discussed these already, but here are a few apps that will allow to you partake in noveling madness even when you’re on the go:

There’s Scrivener too, which is so absolutely incredible I’ve decided it deserves its own post. Sadly, it can only be used on actual computers and iPads. I swear, it’s worth it for the index cards alone.

3. Write or Die!

Have writer’s block? Not in the mood to write? Need a kick in the pants? If so, this site is perfect for you.

You set a goal, and let’s just say the site holds you to it.


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3. Will Write For Wine

If you want to learn more about NaNo, you simply must listen to this episode of Will Write for Wine.

It’s extra special, because Lani Diane Rich shares the story of how her first NaNo book, Time Off For Good Behavior, was published. And the genre? Chick lit!

Get this: Lani was the first previously unpublished author to have a NaNo book published. Talk about a Chick Lit claim to fame!

If your muses need a bit more inspiration, check out some other apps we chick lit writers love.

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And there you have it! If you’ve got any NaNo resources, be sure to leave a comment and let us know!

We’ll be back soon with more NaNo inspiration, and lots more apps to get you through November.

Happy Noveling!

(Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.)

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. By day, she is a computer teacher, hence the affinity for apps. You can learn more about her experiences with NaNoWriMo here.