5 Fab NaNoWriMo Resources

I’m getting excited for Nano! In another week or so, I’ll dust off my underwear synopsis and see how it holds up to inspection after some time away.

In the meantime, I’ve written a flash fiction piece that will appear on Sommer Leigh’s excellent Tell Great Stories blog on December 22, and am polishing the first chapter I’ll take to my Blue Pencil appointment with author Elizabeth Boyle at the Surrey International Writers Conference.

And, of course, I’ve been trolling the interwebs looking for Nano tips to share with you! Here’s a roundup of the best from last week.

1. Plotters and pantsers alike will find something useful in this narrative structure cheat sheet from author/screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff. Use it to evaluate your outline in advance, or to help guide you through those dark times in November when the mist shows no signs of clearing. Ms. Sokoloff’s excellent Nano-prep series continues throughout October on her blog.

2. Best-selling author and writing teacher James Scott Bell offers his Ten Tips for Nano over on The Kill Zone blog. The post also links to a good article on Bell’s 2010 Nano experience.

3. Science Fiction writer, and past Nano-winner, Jamie Todd Rubin outlines his writing process and how he uses Scrivener to support it. You can also read Rubin’s 2010 blog entries to get a sense of the whole Nano experience. (Scrivener offers a free 30-day trial for Mac and Windows. If you’re sold and want to purchase it’ll be 50% off for Nano winners and 20% for all participants. Coupon code: nanowrimo.)

4. Can’t get enough of Nano? Check out this colossal 161 page NaNoWriMo survival guide for the “new and insane” by author/editor/Nano-devotee Lazette Gifford.

5. Feeling overwhelmed now? Wondering if it’s just too much of an effort and time sink? You’re probably right. Lemony Snickett agrees. Don’t bother writing a novel. No one’s reading these days anyway.