A Writer's Guide to NaNoWriMo Part 1

As ML for the USA:: New York:: Oswego region, I’ve been trying to put together a Guide to NanoWriMo. I want it to be something informative for the first-time participants, but also something silly and fun for returning writers as well. Here is what I came up with for part one of my Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo.




Wecome to our favorite month of the year, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) for short!

What on Earth is NaNoWriMo, you ask?:

A challenge for writers to write an entire novel of 50k words in 1 month.

Is that even possible?:


But how? Let me tell you how!

During NaNoWriMo, your challenge is to write 50k words.

Yes, I know that’s a lot, but look at it this way:



  • There are 30 days in the month of November
  • 50,000 divided by 30 is 1,667 words a day
    • Now don’t let that scare you away! That is still a lot of words, but you would be surprised how many words an hour of writing a day can produce!

But you’re not alone!!!

The NaNoWriMo community is very supportive! We’re all in this together and one of the great things about participating is that we can help one another.

How can I get 50k written in one month?:

  • NanoKeepCalmWrite every single day, even if you don’t meet your daily word count goal! It helps to look at your daily schedule and find a time that works best for you.
    • If you have to miss a day, try to make up for it as soon as possible, so you don’t fall too far behind.
  • Don’t edit as you write. This is a first draft. Expect that it will be crappy. Just get your story out. Don’t go back and read, it will only hinder your progress going forward.
  • Coffee (and lots of it), for those of you who drink coffee. Tea and cocoa work too J. Just make sure to also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as well.
  • Find a story that inspires you and that you are excited to write!
  • If you think it will help you, plan out what you are going to write. There are plenty of resources online: brainstorming strategies, character questionnaires, plot story structures, and more.
  • Write with others. Writing is usually a pretty solitary activity, but in our write-ins we will be talking to one another and trying to help each other with our writing.
  • Word sprints and word wars- basically timed spurts of writing where you try to get as many words out as you possibly can. You’d be surprised how much you can write in 10/15/20 minutes.
    • We will do these at our write-ins, but @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter runs these all month long.

OMG are you crazy???


What’s in your Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo?

Keep a look out for part 2, coming your way tomorrow!

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