A Writer's Guide to NaNoWriMo- Part 2!

Yesterday I posted part one of my Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo. This is something that I am sharing with my fellow WriMos in the USA:: New York:: Oswego region and I figured I would share it with all of you on the interwebs as well!

boundlessnovelbanner50k!!! That’s a lot of writing! What if I get writer’s block?

We all get writer’s block from time to time, but there are a few things you can do!

  • Get your handy-dandy plot ninjas, pluck one out of there and try to work it in to your novel!
  • Start a new, completely unrelated scene or chapter or change points of view, you can always fill in the gaps or change things if you decide to revise!
  • Take a break and go for a walk— you’d be surprised how much this helps. It gets your blood pumping, and you can think about your novel (or completely unrelated things) for a little while before going back to write.
  • Look online— there are plenty of resources to help you!


Should I plan out my whole story?



If you want to! Plotters outline or plan out aspects of their story before writing— some in a lot of detail, others in little. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants and just write whatever comes to mind. Plantsers are some combination of the two.

You can do whatever you feel is right for you!

To Pants or to Plan (that is the question)

What do I need to do to participate?

  • Go to NaNoWriMo.org, sign up and create your novel
    • Select a home region to get updates and pep talks from your local pals!
    • Get something to write on or with and get writing!

But I get so distracted!!!

Try to get into a writing routine before NaNoWriMo. If you can’t do it before the month starts, try to go somewhere with little to no distractions. I have my craft room in my house. It doesn’t have a TV and other than yarn in it, it’s pretty damn empty. Coffee shops are great for writing, but sometimes other people’s conversations (which can be great for inspiration) can distract me– or I find myself singing along to the song on the radio instead of writing.

Try to create a distraction-free zone for yourself when you sit down to do your writing for the day.

Word Wars and Word Sprints are great for keeping your focus on your writing as well– they put the pressure on to get words on paper.

I’ve never written a novel before though!

So what! You want to right? Do it then :).


Here are some posts to help you along the way!

NaNo Prep- Brainstorming

NaNo Prep- Creating Your Characters

NaNo Prep- Convincing Villains

NaNo Prep- Let’s Talk About Plot!

18 thoughts on “A Writer's Guide to NaNoWriMo- Part 2!

  1. Kat says:

    Great advice! This will be my 5th year doing NaNo and I find it helps me to keep my focus when I read something that is direct and to the point.

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