With less than two weeks to go until NaNo begins, we are all knee deep in research, plotting, character development and the other preparation that a big challenge like NaNo requires. Most of us are also frantically looking around for hints, tips and insights into how to succeed and ultimately win NaNo! We have compiled a mini list of posts we have enjoyed reading this week and we hope that they in some way inspire and encourage you.
Reflections on NaNoWriMo
Chuck Wendig has written a list of “25 Things You Should Know about NaNoWriMo.” As always, Chuck’s work is heavy on profanity and acerbic wit, but he raises some important points to keep in mind as we approach November 1st, especially #9: “Beware ‘Win’ Conditions”. His follow-up post, “25 Questions to Ask As You Write,” is also worth a read.
Sarah Ketley considers her “7 Deadly Writing Sins” as she gears up for NaNoWriMo.
Mark David Gerson provides a handy list of writing do’s and don’ts, many of which will be sure to resonate with WriMos.
Over at Music and Words, Stephanie Bowyer writes about her decision to tackle NaNoWriMo, and her concept of what it means to “win.”
On Planning, Structure, Plotting, and Craft
While there’s a link for Larry Brooks’ NaNoWriMo planning series, we wanted to flag it once more, as it’s an excellent resource about plot and structure.
Ruth Long has an amazing collection of links about structure and craft that we highly recommend.
Matthew Wright has been writing a series of posts on prepping for NaNoWriMo, including his recent mashup of writing tips.
In addition to being the social media maven, Kristen Lamb has written a number of great posts on the “Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel.” You can find Part 1 here.
Over at Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell blog, Jody Hedlund provides “4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel.” Jody has also written a fantastic post on how she approaches her “plantsing” process (that’s pantser + plotter), which is highly useful for anyone straddling the line between the two techniques.
Jenny Hansen has also written a great post on Stephen J. Cannell and the 3-Act Structure, using When Harry Met Sally as an awesome illustration.
Perhaps you’re solid on structure and plotting? Don’t forget one of the most important elements of your story: your characters’ names. Over at Roni Loren’s blog, Suzanne Johnson offers “5 Tips for Not Screwing Up Your Characters’ Names.”
Finally, K.M. Weiland offers some tips on “Fun and Easy Ways to Lengthen Word Count,” which are sure to come in handy as we’re trying to stretch our tales out to 50k.
For the Pantsers and Rebels in the Bunch
Lena will be proudly waving the NaNo Rebel flag this year. and highly recommends James Tallett’s post over at WriMos FTW!, “The Makings of a NaNo Rebel.”
Amber West gives us “A Guide to Preparing for NaNoWriMo the Pantsless Way,” excellent for anyone who chooses to eschew the route of extreme plotting.
Any useful tips, suggestions, or posts that you’ve run across during the lead-up to NaNoWriMo?