Getting Started for NaNoWriMo


For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, begins on November 1st.

NaNoWriMo is a challege to writers, or people who want to be writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Yes, I know that sounds impossible. Who can actually complete a 50k word novel in 30 days? A superhero? A crazy person? Someone who does nothing but write non-stop for 30 days?

But the real answer is you.

Yes, you can write a novel in one month. Here’s how!

  1. Go to


    sign up at

  • Here you will make your username, create your novel, find great resources, and meet/talk to other participants.

2. Figure out what you want to write

  • Do you have a novel or story idea that’s been burning inside of you, dying to find it’s way out?
  • Have you always wanted to write a novel and just haven’t done it, or haven’t come up with an idea?

*** Both are perfect for NaNoWriMo***

  • Figure out what kind of story you want to write and what audience you want to write it for (children, middle grade, young adult, new adult, adult, etc).
    • This can change but it’s good to have a general idea!
    • I will post a blog post about this tomorrow for those of you who are still struggling to come up with an idea.

3. Come up with characters, conflict, and plot

  • It’s up to you how much you want to plan, but it’s a good idea to have at least a general idea

    of your characters, conflict, and some plot points.

    • Characters– post I wrote last year  to help the class I was teaching develop characters!
    • Conflict– without conflict you have no story– check out this post to learn more.
    • Worldbuilding– does your story take place in this world, another one, or some combination of the two, this post should help you out.
    • Plot– Check out A Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo parts 1 and 2

4. Do you need to research anything?

  • A time period, place, or people?
    • Doing at least a little of this before hand will prevent you from having to do so much of it when you write.

5. Come November 1st at 12:01 am- Write!!!

  • Write your little heart out.
  • 50k in 30 days means about 1,667 words a day.

Check out Amanda’s Nose in a Book through November 1st for more NaNoWriMo related posts.

Tomorrow: Figuring out what you want to write.

Monday: Yes, you still have time to plan for NaNoWriMo!

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