Prepping for NaNoWriMo? 3 great resources

It’s deadline week for two employee newsletters I publish for my best client, so I haven’t had much time to make the blog rounds. But my faves never fail to deliver. Here are three gems for those gearing up for National Novel Writing Month in November.

If you’re not sure whether to roll that old idea out of the garage or rev up a new one here’s some advice from best-selling author/blogger Lynn Viehl:

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“Whatever you choose to write, I think the number one priority is that you feel passionate about it. Enthusiasm is the fuel for your writing vehicle, and if your idea bores you, worries you or otherwise makes you feel negative toward it, that comes out in the writing—assuming you get any done. There is no better writer’s block than the one we build ourselves with our apathy, doubts and fears.”

Will your old ride make it for the long haul? Test-drive it here.

If it’s a lemon, take heart. Better to find out now than on November 15 when you’re halfway to nowhere.

If you’re not sure which direction to head next, check out crime author Gar Anthony Haywood’s post on Murderati earlier this week. He answers that perennial author question—”Where do you get your ideas?”—in enough juicy detail to spark anyone’s imagination. Inspiration really is all around us if we stretch our imaginations.

Last but not least, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, Lynn Viehl is also offering free copies of her out-of-print book Way of the Cheetah until December 1. Do yourself a favor and take her up on this generous offer. The book is packed full of tips for writers on maximizing your writing time and boosting your personal productivity.