NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) happens every November - you have just 30 days to write 50,000 words. Here's a list of my resources for those brave writers participating in NaNoWriMo
Writing & Novel Basics
- Getting Ideas & The Five Building Blocks of Story - Will your idea really work as a novel? Do you still need an idea for a novel? Start here.
- Characters - See all my resources for character building, including free printable worksheets.
- Point of View - My 3-part series on narration and point of view, using videos to illustrate.
- How to Write Scenes - The Three Elements of Scene and 12 Types of Antagonists
- 9 Methods for Choosing a Title - Here are some tips for choosing a long list of preliminary titles for your book.
- 7 Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue - My guest post over at Better Novel Project
- 10 Steps to Finishing a Novel - (Hint: NaNoWriMo is about #4)
- 7 Writing Maxims and What to Do with Them - I break down 7 common pieces of advice and tell you whether you should boot them or take them to heart.
- My Writing Methods - See one way I've worked on a novel. In this case, back in 2012!
Writing Quickly, Even recklessly
- Speed-Writing Your First Draft - I used these methods to finally break through my block and wrote 20,000 words in less than 24 hours.
- How Improv Can Improve Your Writing - How you can apply Tina Fey's rules of improv to writing your first draft
- The Myth of Writer's Block - Here's how to write your way our of a block. If you still need help, give me a holler!
- Cheating Your Way to 50,000 Words - My top 3 “cheats” to boost your word count, in order of least desperate to most desperate.
- 50,000 Words! - Planning how you'll make it through NaNoWriMo
- The Formula for Dramatic Storytelling - Characters, Obstacles, and Goals: Telling and Selling Stories the Video Game Way
- Plot X Theme - Act One: Threatened Characters | The ABCs of Act Two | Act Three: The Final Exam - A 3-part series on how my 8 Cs of Plotting can intertwine with theme to make for a powerful story (using Toy Story to illustrate)
- My 8 Cs of Plotting - my not-so top-secret method for plotting out a story, with worksheets and movie examples. (See Plot X Theme above for an update on the 8 Cs)
- Chapter Outlining Like a Pantser - Here's a method you can use to plan your book (or revise it), whether you're a rigid planner or someone who writes by the seat of your pants.