That’s right, November marks National Novel Writing Month. Although we’re already well over halfway through the month, it’s never too late to start in on the action! You can also still be part of the NaNoWriMo website, which includes resources and communities to keep authors motivated as they work through their manuscripts.
If you’re setting out to write a novel, I recommend using this month to find your best novel-writing practices. Does it help to knock out the full manuscript in one month, then spend the subsequent months thoroughly revising and editing? Or do you prefer using NaNoWriMo to plot and plan for your novel, crafting characters and settings and outlining main plot points? Do you work well with a dedicated alternating write time/experience time schedule? Or are you a casual writer who indulges in experiences until inspiration strikes you?
Because the novel-writing experience is so closely tied to personal experiences and preferences—and because I write primarily flash stories—I’m hesitant to advise other writers on this subject.
What I can do with confidence is provide budding novelists with a variety of resources that can help them on their quests.
Scapple, a plot-organizing platform, offers a free trial of their software.
Evernote, a note and webpage-saving program, is free to use.
Plotist, a plot visualization with collaborative features, offers free sign-up.
Aeon Timeline, a chronology software, offers a free trial.
Charahub allows you to keep character descriptions and images in one place.
Pinterest can actually be a great resource for saving inspirational character or setting images. Just don’t let the site become a distraction! (And while you’re at it, follow our page!)
Cold Turkey, a subscription-free browser extension, offers website and application blocking to help eliminate distractions during your regular writing times.
See my advice for pursuing the “write” lifestyle by checking out my September blog post.
Write to Done features a variety of articles on what it means to be a writer.
For more information on the craft of writing novels, check out:
For novels that might inspire you on your own novel-writing journey, check out: