Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo - Nation Novel Writing Month

“What are you writing this year?”

It’s the question on everyone’s lips at the regional NaNoWriMo kickoff parties. The answer, even among seasoned NaNoWriMo veterans, is often “I don’t know.” If you don’t know either, relax—you’re in good company.

If you’re looking for ideas, you’ll find plenty of resources to get you going. The NaNoWriMo forums, and Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! are two of the best.

As this is my tenth year participating in NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d add to the mix with a quick how-to on the techniques that have worked for me.

How to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo by Steve Shepard, developer of Storyist

No matter what writing tool you use this November for NaNoWriMo, whether it’s Scrivener, Storyist, or another writing app, this handy guide by Steve Shepard (of Storyist fame) will help you get prepared.

I have a small list of apps that I do recommend for writing, so be sure to check them out. I use Storyist and Scrivener, and highly recommend them, but there are others that may work better with your environment. There’s no wrong answer as long as it gets the job done.