Camp NaNoWriMo Is Now Open

By Jason Boog Comment

Are you going to take the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge this month? To help GalleyCat writers with the novel writing the challenge, we’ve rounded up three year’s worth of writing advice in a single post.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place every November, but the organizers created the online camp to give writers an alternative time for the writing challenge. Every year, we publish daily links to writing tools and tips during the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.

We’ve collected the individual posts below–the advice will work all year round.

NaNoWriMo Tips for 2012

How Stephen King Writes Imagery: NaNoWriMo Tip #1

Use Free Google Docs Tools: NaNoWriMo Tip #2

Write Like Hilary Mantel: NaNoWriMo Tip #3

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet

Submit Your NaNoWriMo Novel to Avon Impulse: NaNoWriMo Tip #5

25 Writing Prompts to Inspire Twitter Fiction: NaNoWriMo Tip #6

Check Your Grammar Online: NaNoWriMo Tip #7

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Why You Should Write By Hand

Tools to Outline Your Novel: NaNoWriMo Tip #9

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Use deviantART for Inspiration

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Read Two Years’ Worth of Advice in a Single Post

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Use WriteChain to Track Your Progress

Get Figment Writing Prompts: NaNoWriMo Tip #13

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Turn Your Browser into a Typewriter

Fake Name Generator for Writers: NaNoWriMo Tip #15

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Get Writer’s Digest Giveaways

NaNoWriMo Tip # 17: Answer Twitter Questions

Write with the 1,000 Most Common Words NaNoWriMo Tip #18

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Visit Your Genre Lounge

Best Writing Music of 2012: NaNoWriMo Tip #20

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: How To Find a Writing Partner

Try the Cut-Up Machine: NaNoWriMo Tip #22

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Dial 911 for Writer’s Block

Explore a Genre Mind Map: NaNoWriMo Tip # 24

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Try the Random Line Generator

How To Create an Anti-Hero: NaNoWriMo Tip #26

NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Have a Literary Drink

Get Some Exercise: NaNoWriMo Tip #28

NaNoWriMo Tip # 29: Plot Bank for Writers

Don’t Forget To Edit: NaNoWriMo Tip #30


30 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2011

1. Take the Random Cliche Test 

2. Use the Reference Desk

3. Type a Poem

4. Make a Mind Map

5. Reward Yourself

6. Seek Figment Support

7. Download Seven Free Writing eBooks

8. Get a Literary Butt-Kicking

9. Write What You DON’T Know

10. Fight a Word War

11. Write in the Same Place

12. Download the Free Writing Cheatsheet

13. “Obvious to you. Amazing to others.”

14. Listen to Spotify: NaNoWriMo Tip #14

15. Read 30 Tips from Last Year


16. Consult a Plot Doctor

17. Fix Your Computer Screen Color

18. Join the Typewriter Brigade

19. Fill Out a Character Chart

20. Meet Your Deadline with Kittens

21. Use the Symbolitron

22. Make a Spreadsheet

23. Explore the World with Globe Genie

24. Write with Your Neighbors

25. Try Communal World Building

26. Write by Hand

27. Adopt an Idea

28. Explore the Onomatopoeia Dictionary

29. Swap Your Novel

30. Keep Writing Every Day


30 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2010

1. Write in the Cloud

2. ‘Don’t Finish.’

3. Cliche Finder Stops Cliches Before They Start

4. Take the Fantasy Novelist’s Exam

5. Use a Name Generator

6. Seek Library Write-In Support

7. Consult Role Playing Game Plots

8. Best Pandora Stations for Writing

9. Use the Brainstormer App

10. Dictate Your Novel Draft

11. Use Foursquare for Inspiration

12. ‘Failure Instructs the Writer’

13: Use the Online Graphical Dictionary

14. Write ‘TK’ for Missing Facts

15. ‘Everyone Has a Certain Amount of Bad Writing to Get Out of Their System’

16. Use a Plot Diagram Tool

17. Test Your Characters

18. Use the Reverse Dictionary

19. Use Correct Writing Posture

20. Start a Writing Bible

21. ‘It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon’

22. Use Your Smartphone for Novel Writing & Editing

23. Turn Your Computer Into a Typewriter

24. Use Write or Die for Motivation

25. Relax with a Literary Drink

26. Browse BibliOdyssey for Inspiration

27. World of Warcraft Procrastinator Support

28. Request a Free Book Cover

29. Lulu Titlescorer Tests Your Title

30. Share Your Final Sentence