NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Read 30 Tips from Last Year

By Jason Boog 

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), as thousands of writers around the world try to write a 50,000-word manuscript in one month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering one piece of NaNoWriMo advice every day for the rest of the month. Last year’s participants counted a collective total of  2,799,449,947 words.

Our first tip is simple: follow our advice from last year! Last year we collected 30 days worth of writing advice for NaNoWriMo writers. You can explore all those writing tips below–tune in tomorrow for some fresh advice.

30 NaNoWriMo Tips from 2011

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