Nanowrimo is, I imagine, like getting a tattoo or giving birth. You always hear people say that those are forgettable pains, ones that after the fact don’t seem all that bad. In some (even most) cases, you might persuade yourself that you could, and should, do it again. So I’ve heard.
In any event, Nanowrimo is painful. And unless you are a creative-storytelling genius (or you sold your soul for a Pulitzer) you’ll need all the help you can get. I do. As you well know I am a good finder of stuff on the interwebs. So I share with you all, a list of writing tools and tips- a survival guide as such, for the best and worst writing month of the year: NOVEMBER! (and for all other months, incidentally).
The Last Novel-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need: Plotting a story-line using Blake Snyder’s screenwriting ‘beat sheet’ (Downloadable here), should you decide not to go for a seat-of-your-pants style word-vomit ala Chris Baty.
Devil in the Details: Selecting descriptive details, creating contrast and depth of character.
Night of the Living Syntax: Voluntary vs. involuntary actions, and how to account for them in a way that packs a punch.
Grammar Girl: Quick and dirty tips for better writing.
And then the various 25 Things lists of Chuck Wendig: 25 ways to plot, plan, and prep your story; 25 questions to ask as you write; 25 things writers should know about theme; importantly- The secret menu of writing advice; and especially for Nanowrimo’s: 25 things you should know about Nanowrimo. I don’t know if you can tell, but I basically find everything on this blog interesting/useful. Just read the whole thing.
The only real way to win at Nanowrimo, however, is to write the damned 1667 words each day come hell or high water (sometimes in the face of both). So hop to it.