Need some extra help planning out your novel? Our NaNo Prep resources are here for you.
During the months leading up to November, we provide resources to inspire, challenge, and prepare you to write your novel. No matter where you’re at with your writing, you can always visit these resources when planning a new writing project.
Join a NaNoWriMo event!
To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click “copy to my calendar”.
A Week of Free Writing Class Webcasts with NaNoWriMo and CreativeLive
During the week of October 22—26, CreativeLive is joining NaNoWriMo to bring you an inspiring week of writing classes and conversations with some of the world’s most successful authors to help you prepare for an amazing month of writing.
Each writing class offered during this special week will be free to watch at the specific time listed on the schedule. In addition to the classes, there will be three live streams (highlighted in yellow on the schedule) where NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner will interview authors Jennie Nash, Sophie Littlefield, Rachel Herron, and Aya de Leon about how to best prepare for NaNoWriMo. To view the complete schedule, click on the link below, and then click the “Schedule” tab. Please note, all times listed on the schedule are in PDT.
#NaNoCoach Tweet Chat: Ask Advice from Published Authors
Tuesday, October 30, at 2 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)
Our NaNo Coaches—published authors who are ready to guide you through the NaNoWriMo process—are coming together to answer your questions and inspire! Authors Alyssa Cole, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Destiny Soria will be live on Twitter to give you writing advice and encouragement in real time. Get your writing questions ready!
NaNo Prep Webcast: How to Write a Novel This November
How do you hold yourself accountable to write? How do you stop worrying about being perfect and embrace a rough draft? Join some of the folks at NaNoWriMo HQ for a webcast designed to prepare you for writing a novel this November! We’ve pulled some noveling, plotting, and prepping prompts and activities from tried-and-true NaNo resources, as well as making up some fun new ones.
This webcast is sponsored by Dropbox Paper, a great place to draft a month-long masterwork.
NaNo Prep Webcast: Find the Time to Write!
Feeling like you don’t have enough time to pursue your creative interests? Want to try NaNoWriMo this year but worried that the rest of your responsibilities will get in the way? We’re here to help you find the time to write in your busy life! We’ve picked the brain of time management guru Laura Vanderkam on how to find the time to write a novel this November.
This webcast is sponsored by RescueTime, a supporter of NaNoWriMo 2018.
Dive into the NaNoWriMo community!
Let your friends and family know that you’re taking on NaNoWriMo this year by rocking our pretty-darn-lovely 2018 flair.
Are you on Instagram? We’ve launched the #InstaWrimo challenge to stir up inspiration, help you find fellow writers, and get prepared for noveling season.
Review our NaNo Prep resource library.
Over the years, we’ve posted a wealth of information on how to plan your novel:
Our Full NaNo Prep Library
|Critique Circle Basics: How to Set Up and Run an Effective Support Group||Kathy Kitts||Finding Community||82|
|Worlds Within Words: A Structural World-Building Exercise||Tilia Klebenov Jacobs||Setting and Worldbuilding||294|
|5 Ways to World-Build||VicJ Wizard||Setting and Worldbuilding||546|
|8 Steps to Break Through Writer’s Block||Piyusha Vir||Discipline and Writer’s Block||171|
|How to Create a Writing Mood Board||Massiel Valenzuela-Castaneda||Inspiration||106|
|6 Ways Writing Can Help Your Voice Be Heard||Iris Vayle||NaNo Strategies||144|
|Don’t Be Afraid of Writing Setting||Lori Watson||Setting and Worldbuilding||136|
|How to Emotionally Prepare for NaNoWriMo||Kendra Levin||NaNo Strategies||468|
|Participating in NaNoWriMo as an Introvert||LeKesha Lewis||NaNo Strategies||164|
|How to Write Outside of Your Experience||Jennifer S. Brown||Research||96|
|4 Fabulous Ways to Create Stand-Out Character Names||Melissa Rose||Character Building||540|
|6 Ways to Overcome an Inspiration Emergency||Elizabeth Harmon||Inspiration||138|
|Slaying Your First Draft Dragons||Sarah Ockler||NaNo Strategies||269|
|How to Write About What You Don’t Know||Crystal Chan||Writing Diversity||1143|
|The Truth of What It Takes to Be a Writer||Hugh Howey||Discipline and Writers’ Block||491|
|What’s In Your NaNo Emergency Kit||Teri Brown||NaNo Strategies||491|
|How to Schedule Time for Writing||Chris Baty||Discipline and Writers’ Block||495|
|The Official NaNoWriMo Character Questionnaire||NaNoWriMo||Character Building||1597|
|13 Prompts to Trigger Character Building||Kelly Loy Gilbert||Character Building||291|
|3 Tips for Creating Indelible Characters||Stacey Lee||Character Building||267|
|A Guide to Spotting and Growing Past Stereotypes||Ellen Oh||Writing Diversity||1055|
|Using Setting to Reinforce Your Characters||NaNoWriMo||Setting and Worldbuilding||250|
|How to Make Your Setting Breathe||Renée Ahdieh||Setting and Worldbuilding||152|
|How Do You Create a Unique World?||Michael David Lukas||Setting and Worldbuilding||217|
|How to Survive Plot Creation||Lamar Giles||Plot and Conflict||190|
|5 Secret Steps to Story Building||Chris Baty||Plot and Conflict||657|
|Creating External and Internal Conflict||NaNoWriMo||Plot and Conflict||335|
|Character Profiling||Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart||Character Building||426|
|Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Novel Realistically||Lindsay Carlson||Research||350|
|4 Tips to Survive a Writing Marathon||Briana Way||NaNo Strategies||353|
|The Complex Art of Naming Your Characters||Tia Kalla||Character Building||320|
|Building a Conflict Flowchart||Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart||Plot and Conflict||264|
|6 Tips to Transform from Master Procrastinator to Moderately Disciplined Writer||Lisa Atenasio||Discipline and Writers’ Block||1132|
|7 Essential Questions for Your Characters||Randy Ribay||Character Building||318|
|4 Questions to Ask about Your Supporting Characters||Renée Watson||Character Building||314|
|3 Steps to Rev Up Your Writing Momentum||Melanie Sumner||NaNo Strategies||259|
|3 Reasons Why the Solitary Writer Is a Myth||Grant Faulkner||Finding Community||160|
|Writing Diverse Characters||Dhonielle Clayton, I. W. Gregorio, Miranda Paul||Writing Diversity|
|Starting a Novel||Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige||NaNo Strategies|
|9 Steps to Build a Strong Plot||Derek Murphy||Plot and Conflict||1227|
|6 Tips to Add to Your Writing Cheat Sheet||J. C. Lane||Discipline and Writers’ Block||215|
|Why You Don’t Have to Justify Your Diverse Story||Kathy Vo||Writing Diversity||161|
|3 Crucial Lessons about Writing Fiction||Dan Koboldt||Discipline and Writers’ Block||132|
|3 Rules for Fantastic World-Building||K. M. Vanderbilt||Setting and Worldbuilding||326|
Check out the new NaNoWriMo + She Writes podcast!
Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and NaNoWriMo’s executive director Grant Faulkner, each episode of Write-minded features a pep talk, a green-light moment, and a writing action.
Guests will include Kwame Alexander, Mignon Fogarty (aka Grammar Girl), Emily X.R. Pan, Mitali Perkins, Mary Robinette Kowal, Chris Baty, and more.
Interested in an online writing course?
We’ve partnered with Wesleyan University for the second year in a row to provide a special online “NaNo Prep” course! You’ll learn alongside your fellow Wrimos, discuss all things noveling, and get feedback through Coursera’s online learning platform.
Courses in the program are available for $29 each and guarantee six months of full access—a special 50% discount for NaNoWriMo members! Financial aid is also available through Coursera if cost is an issue. Information on this can be found in the FAQ at the signup link.
During the program, you’ll spend around two weeks on each of the following:
- The Craft of Style
- The Craft of Setting and Description
- The Craft of Character
- The Craft of Plot
- The NaNoWriMo Capstone (a special project that ties everything together!)
Each segment is taught by a different Wesleyan professor/author and consists of video lectures, readings, discussion forums, and short writing assignments that you can submit for peer review.