NaNoWriMo Tips, Tools, and Support

~ By Melina Kantor

Well. It’s October 19th.

My guess is that for a vast majority of people in this world, today’s date, 12 days before November, isn’t a cause for panic, or mad dashes to the store to stockpile coffee.

Unless of course, you’re a Wrimo, in which case my reminding you that there are only 12 days left before the madness most likely caused you a bizarre mixture of thrill and anxiety.

No idea what I’m talking about? Head on over to the NaNo site or read last year’s post on the event to find out.

If you’re new to the idea of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days, or have never written even a page of fiction, much less a novel, let me assure you that NaNo is well worth it, and you decide to join in, you won’t be alone.

The absolute best thing about NaNo is the community.

First of all, the NaNo site has a chick lit forum and a romance forum (and tons of others).

You can use Twitter to follow our blog. Each day during NaNo, we’ll tweet challenge words, writing prompts, and other forms of inspiration. We’ll also have word sprints (where you write as many words as you can in a predetermined amount of time, usually about 15 minutes).

While you’re over on Twitter, you should also follow @NaNoWriMo, @ChrisBaty, and @NaNoWordSprints. And you can also use the #NaNoWriMo, #NaNo, and #Wrimo hashtags to connect with other participants.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, there are also a ton of online writing groups, including the forums over at StoryWonk, where you can find NaNo company.

We’ll be back next week with more information. Meanwhile, if you have resources or tips you’d like to share, please leave a comment and let us know! Or, just leave a comment with your NaNo username and introduce yourself.

Happy noveling! We hope to see you in November. 🙂

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. She just returned from a two month trip to Crete and Israel, where she visited  family and friends did her best to turn her travels into research and inspiration for her writing. You can visit her at