With literally three days left for the start of NaNoWriMo 2016, you might think it’s too late for prep. But the resources I’m listing here are ones that can help you during the writing month- whether you’re stuck, need inspiration or simply need something to make the process easier for you. In fact, you can very well use most of these things for any type of writing endeavor, not just NaNoWriMo.
This a free-to-download spreadsheet by Jodotha from the NaNoWriMo community. This one is a very useful tool that everyone should be using. You can set your daily goal and it tracks your progress throughout the month. It has many other features like calculating your average speed/hours and projected finish date based on your progress. You can download it HERE.
This site has literally EVERYTHING a writer could possibly need. It helps you on every single aspect of writing. Have trouble with your dialogues, with world-building or plotting? Stop by this site and get all the help you need. My most favorite feature from this site is the tons of worksheets (for plots, scenes, characters) and printables made to make your writing easier. The printables even include NaNoWriMo planners, like the one below.
Another infinitely useful resource is Write World. It provides inspiration and prompts, but the most important thing it offers is the Word Lists section. This section helps with your grammar and overall writing skills. I highly recommend you check it out for a moment. You’ll learn so much in under a few minutes, believe me. Some of the posts I’ve seen and found useful are: alternatives for commonly used words, things writers need to know (like the difference between road, street, avenue, drive…). You find information on things you never knew were important.
Honestly, I don’t even know where I found this. Somehow I ended up here and then I just couldn’t stop generating a bunch of descriptions. The Character Description Generator is a really useful feature. I personally have figured out everything about my characters, but if any of you are looking for a bit of inspiration on your characters’ characteristics and features (other than Pinterest obviously), this would really help, especially fantasy characters.
Brandon Sanderson is a #1 New York bestselling author, mostly known for his Mistborn series. I’m sure many of you know of him already. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube from his lectures in a writing class uploaded by Camera Panda. They’re free and professionally recorded to Sanderson’s knowledge. The class is mostly for Fantasy and Sci-fi writers, but really it helps for any kind of writer, as he said so himself. I’ve been watching plenty of them lately and it really inspires me to write whenever I’m stuck. I’ll be watching them throughout NaNoWriMo. Check the videos out.
There are a lot of NaNoWriMo vloggers out there who put out videos daily throughout the writing month, updating with their progress. I’ve watched a bunch of vlogs from last year and it got me so excited and ready to start writing. One of the best things about NaNoWriMo is the community after all and watching others going through this challenge motivates you, helps you feel like you’re a part of something bigger. If you’re ever stuck, or if you need a slight push, check out the vloggers. Some of my favorite ones are:
- NaNoWriMo Resources Forum: A forum that offers a lot of resources for participants. There are many printables and downloadable templates and such. You can find Scrivener templates, word count trackers and the likes.
- Gotham Character Questionnaire: A worksheet for characters.
- Dos and Donts for fantasy writers: An important post for participants writing fantasy. Points out common mistakes and things that should be avoided.
Do you use any of these? Are there other helpful resources you know would be helpful for NaNoWriMo participants? Let me know your thoughts down below 😀