Are You a NaNoWriMo Newbie?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is nearly here. Are you ready? If you’re a NaNoWriMo Newbie, chances are very high that your answer is, “No!”

Not to worry. There’s plenty of time. You have seven days.

Your best resource is the NaNoWriMo website. Heed the advice on its NaNo Prep page. It’s there for a reason!

Also this year, published authors have taken over the @NaNoWriMo Twitter handle. Coaches are available right now to provide words of wisdom and support.

This will be my sixth NaNo. I’m not an expert, but I’m no longer a newbie. So I’ll offer up a few bits of my wisdom:

  • Get a buddy (either on NaNo or live). Misery loves company 🙂
  • Write every day.
  • You don’t have to finish the story – the goal is 50k new words, not a finished novel.
  • Keep writing.
  • It doesn’t have to make sense – the goal is 50k new words.
  • Turn off your inner editor.
  • If you hit a wall, turn around and go the other way (i.e., write something else—just get down new words). Word count is key to success!
  • Keep writing!

If you can swing it, consider dictating your novel. Speaking your novel is much faster than typing for most people. I have used Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13.0.

Last, and most important: When you think you won’t make it, keep writing!



  1. Deb at Counting My Chickens · October 24, 2015

    Hi. I came here from the October platform challenge. I have been having such a good time with that challenge that I am seriously contemplating doing NaNoWriMo this month. (Yes, I am a newbie.) Not sure if I will be able to commit the time, but these tips have encouraged me.


    • wordmage · November 1, 2015

      I encourage you to sign up, Deb. I guarantee you will learn something about yourself and your writing, regardless of your word count. Hope to see you there!


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