NaNoWriMo Writing Tips & Giveaway!

And creeping up, November came…
We readied, all, our hands and wrists;
Sat down before that pale white screen —
Lost in a Nanowrimo mist.

We’re just over a WEEK away from NaNoWriMo 2018 and I’m panicking eeever so slightly.

Because, well, when you’re going to write 50,000 words of fiction in the 30 days of November and you’re super busy and hardly ready at all . . . a little panic is probably healthy. *cough*

BUT I’m also excited because there’s nothing like National Novel Writing Month’s slight craziness to get the words flowing and to get swept away on an awesome writing adventure and basically live and breathe story for a whole month. πŸ˜‰

For those who’ve noticed I haven’t been around much since the end of the Silmaril Awards… that’s because I just got back from a two-week roadtrip vacation, and I’m a little scattered right now (hopefully I can bring a new Ishness to y’all soon!).

But since it’s time to get excited (and scared… and prepared…) for NaNo, this post is here, and next week I’ll share what I am writing this NaNo season! I can’t wait to tell you guys. πŸ˜€

Anyway, I’ve done a few NaNo tip posts in the past, so I thought I’d revisit a couple of those, and share 3 current writing tips — and if you stick around to the end of the post, you can enter to win a copy of “No Plot? No Problem!” by NaNo founder Chris Baty.

3 Writing Tips

  1. Wordsprints with friends — Seriously, these are magic. I don’t always manage them, due to inconsistent internet in the room I usually write in, but this year during Camp NaNo I re-discovered how amazing they are. I always re-discover it, seemingly, so hopefully this time it will stay discovered. XD With or without someone to write with, the NaNo wordsprint tool is my favorite thing on the site and I use it all the time. ❀
  2. Find what works for you — I’ve discovered that I write out of order, that I write in draft zero bits, that I write to fast music, that I do well with wordsprints, and that I absolutely adore using Scrivener, and my new-found love, the companion plotting-software Scapple (by the same people). But something else may work for you. Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter or a mix (*raises hand*), whether you write best by hand or laptop, whatever software you use… with music or without… Try all different ways and figure out what works best for you and then stick to it.
  3. Go to a write-in — Okay, so if you’re doing NaNo, chances are you’re in a region on the NaNo site. And while there are not write-ins everywhere, there are certainly oodles of them all across the states and the world. I may be biased as an ML (Municipal Liaison, organizer of local events/forums for NaNo), but write-ins are a lot of fun. They help you meet fellow writers so you realize that you’re not the only person on this crazy adventure, and they set aside a time and a place simply for you to focus on your writing. You’d be surprised how helpful a room full of typing writers is to inspire you to keep typing yourself! (And if there isn’t a write-in scheduled in your area… set one up yourself. Just go to a library, bookstore, or coffee-ish place, set up your laptop, and write. You can even post about it in your local forum in case other writers want to join you.)

Below are a few prep posts from my past! If you haven’t read them before, go give them a click — or if you have, refresh your memory if you need some ideas/inspiration. πŸ™‚

NaNo Prep Checklist

Firstly, here’s my by-far-most-popular-ever post:

(And the actual checklist. ;))

Sherlock Holmes + NaNo = Fun

Secondly, if you need some humor, it’s just the right time to dig up my NaNo-as-told-by-Sherlock post.

Draft Zero

Thirdly, check out my Draft Zero solution to just getting the story down on the page — particularly useful during NaNo.

NaNo Survival Tips

4th… check out 10 NaNoWriMo Survival Tips:

Secret Weapons

And, finally, there’s also My (Not-So-)Secret Weapons for Surviving NaNo:


I’m giving away a copy of “No Plot? No Problem!” by NaNo founder Chris Baty to one lucky winner! (There may be a NaNo bookmark and sticker involved. ;))

(I think it’s not the most recent edition of the book but it’s the one I’ve read and I happened to have an extra copy so thought I’d share the love.)

The giveaway runs from October 23 (Tuesday) to October 28 (Sunday), 2018 (closes midnight Central), and is open to USA addresses only (sorry, international peeps! I love you too, but shipping!).

You can enter via the Rafflecopter link, HERE.

The winner will be chosen at random, contacted by email, and announced here in my next NaNo-ish post when I reveal what I’m writing for NaNo this year. Bwahaha.

Talk to me! πŸ™‚

Well, are you doing NaNo? What are your favorite writing tips?

Thanks for reading, and may the NaNo prep be ever in your favor!


29 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Writing Tips & Giveaway!

    • Thanks so much! Are you planning on it this year?

      I shall… er… reveal that in next week’s post. XD (But okay, spoiler alert: I’m going all-out Rebel and continuing The Siren and the Skyship and Tare’s second book, hoping to finish them both, or at least come close.)

      Well… in a sense it’s confusing, but in another sense I just get ideas for different scenes out of order anyway, so… somehow I can keep track of it. I do sometimes have to edit/rewrite heavily to incorporate previous stuff that I hadn’t written yet though. πŸ˜› It’s not perfect, but I do like being able to write what I “feel like” and just the inspiration of being able to scribble down scenes when they hit me.


      • Yep. I’m gonna be a rebel and work on my Actual Writing Job short stories, because I need to get 11 done and edited by the end of December. And I’ll also finish editing Mechanical Heart so I can send it to betas.

        Gotcha. (Ooooooh, awesome!)

        Ok. I can definitely see the advantages, it just seems confusing, like I said. I’m glad it works for you, though.

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        • Coolness! Good luck with all of those! πŸ™‚

          Yeah, I don’t really recommend it unless that’s how your brain decides to work. XD For years I just could never understand how people could write out of order, but I just started doing it and haven’t really stopped, so. To be fair, I do try to go in order when I can, and usually during Nano too, so I’ll probably be doing that this NaNo, but when I’m just writing along through the year, sometimes I write out of order. It depends. ^_^


  1. The first two paragraphs are so me right now! Panicking, terrified because there’s not enough TIME, but also super excited. I DON’T EVEN KNOW. Too many emotions!

    But I LOVED this post! All such great points! I really want to do more word wars myself this year. I always get nervous about doing them for some weird reason??? But the few times I DO do them I have a BLAST. So I’m gonna really try to do more! Maybe we can do some together! πŸ˜€

    #2 is so, so true. NaNo has helped more than ANYTHING in helping me discover what plotting/writing methods work for me. It’s so important to figure these things out!

    I really need more active writers in my region! My region is just so wide-spread, whenever there’s a write-in it’s usually kind of a far drive. But I DEFINITELY plan on visiting the coffee shop a lot through November. My sister and I have already planned to do that a lot, so we’ll just have our own little private write-ins! ^_^

    Thank you for all these reminders. Always such great things to remember as NaNo approaches!

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    • There are ALWAYS emotional roller-coasters around NaNo. πŸ˜›

      Thanks so much! Yeah, I used to be that way about wordwars too but once you do enough of them they just get really exciting. There’s pressure too because it’s like aaahh I have to write! But it’s so exciting anyway and gets so much done. YES! We should totally do some wordwars! πŸ˜€ (And it’s less scary to call them wordsprints because there’s not as much “competition.” XD)

      I mean, there’s SO much writing going on in NaNo that it’s a great time to experiment and figure out what works.

      That sounds so fun! I hope you and your sis will enjoy your coffee-shop mini write-ins. πŸ˜€ That’s too bad there’s not much active near you though.

      I’m glad it was helpful! Thanks for readiiing! ❀


  2. Ack!!! Yes, sooo close!
    And I have so much to do before then… I’m not sure I’ll be able to get enough oxygen to make this all be okay. πŸ˜‰

    However, that’s what NaNo’s all about, writing breathlessly. Right?

    Definitely hopping over to enter that giveaway… I’ve never read No Plot, No Problem, though I’ve heard about it since way back when!!! πŸ˜‰

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  4. I’m definitely panicking too. XD I’m hoping perhaps next year I can host a write in because i tried two in my area last year and most people were just chatting about random stuff and not concentrating on writing and that really irked me. XD

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    • SO MUCH PANIC. But you’ve totally got this! And you should totally host some write-ins! πŸ™‚ Yeah, write-ins tend to vary on if the writers are super focused/quiet, or more social. It’s kind of a hard balance to hit. :-/ Because I HAVE been to ones where all people do is write and that can be awkward too. πŸ˜‰ Either kind is fun, to me, but yes, totally host some. πŸ˜€

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      • Gotcha. Do you have to be a liaison to host one? What other advice do you have? I have a great cafe nearby that’d be perfect to have a write-in. Lots of couches and outlets and it’s cheaper than Starbucks but still scrumptious!

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        • Nope, you don’t have to be! Participants can host their own — and sometimes MLs are happy that they do and will post the events on the calendar. Personally, I’d be thrilled if a participant decided to host some write-ins of their own! Your cafe sounds perfect! Advice… I’d say post a thread about it in the forum at least a week ahead so people have a chance to see it, with the place/date/time. You can ask if the ML would like to add it to the official calendar and/or mention it in a message, but that is up to them and depends. Other than that, not lots of advice — just show up and have a good time whether or not people show up. πŸ™‚ Make sure people can find you — like mention in the thread something striking you’ll be wearing, or put a NaNo sign on the table, or something. (I have a viking helmet, for example.) But yeah, pretty easy to host, and fun! πŸ™‚

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