NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Read 130 Tips From Previous Years

By Dianna Dilworth 

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched over the weekend! During November, writers around the globe attempt to write a draft for a 50,000-word novel in a 30-day period.

To help GalleyCat readers who are taking this challenge, we will be offering advice throughout the month. Last year, 325,142 NaNoWriMo participants wrote a book in 30 days. This year published authors including: Gene Luen Yang,N.K. Jemisin, Charlaine Harris and Diana Gabaldon will offer advice through weekly pep talks.

Every year, we collect and publish links to writing tools and tips to lend a helping hand. For today, we’ve rounded up five years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. We hope these 130 writing tools will aid those who have signed up to tackle this daunting task.

20 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2014

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: 110 Writing Tools in a Single Post

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Get Some Pep

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Plant Some Greenery On Your Desk

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: 3 Methods to Trigger Story Ideas

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Start With a Memorable Introduction

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Get Comfortable With Telling Lies

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Always Carry a Notepad

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Follow The Hero’s Journey

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Banish Away Self-Doubt

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: 3 Ways to Tackle Writer’s Blockw`

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: 3 Ways to Use Dramatic Irony

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Harness the Power of Simple Words

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Practice Positive Psychology

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Pare Down the Distractions

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Consult Cheat Sheets

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Write What You Don’t Know

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: 3 Skills to Help With Writing Dialogue

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Use Strong Metaphors

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Keep The Reader’s Perspective in Mind

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Learn From 5 Established Authors

20 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2013

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Establish a Writing Schedule

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #2: Create an Outline

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Create a Character Outline

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Establish a Setting

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Develop Your Novel’s Plot

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Don’t Think Like an Editor (Yet)

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Develop Your Protagonist

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Don’t Check Your Email

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Make a Soundtrack For Your Book

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Work on Point of View

NaNoWriMo Tip # 11: Assign Yourself a Word Count

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Take a Walk

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Save Your Work

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Read a Chapter of Your Favorite Author’s Book

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Listen to the Advice of the National Book Awards Nominees

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Invent Names For Your Characters

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Listen to the Advice of Great Authors

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Drink Some Coffee

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Power Write Through The Holiday Weekend

NaNoWriMo Tip # 20: Don’t Be Self-Critical

30 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 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