NaNoWriMo 2016 Tip #1: Read 148 Tips From Previous Years

By Maryann Yin Comment

NaNoWriMo ProfileToday marks day one of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2016! Every November, writers all over the world will try to write a 50,000-word novel in a 30-day period.

In 2015, 431,626 people took on the NaNoWriMo challenge. This year, the organizers have recruited published authors Daniel José Older, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Alexander Chee, Jenny Han, and Maggie Stiefvater to offer advice through weekly pep talks.

To help GalleyCat readers who are working on this daunting project, we will be presenting tips throughout the month. For today, we’ve rounded up six years’ worth of advice in a single post. We hope these 148 writing tools will be of help to all NaNoWriMo participants.

19 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2015

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Embrace the Discipline

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Check Facebook

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Be Your Own Assignment Editor

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Read a Chapter From Your Favorite Book

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Listen to Music

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Try Method Acting

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Collect Scraps

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Go Cold Turkey From the Internet

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Don’t Get Lost in the Woods

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Boost Your Confidence

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Keep Writing

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Surprise Your Readers

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Read Author Pep Talks

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Write Your Ending

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Think Like a Marathon Runner

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Silence Your Inner Critic

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Be Thankful That You Are Almost Done

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Cross the Finish Line

19 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2014

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 Block

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: How Stephen King Writes Imagery

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Use Free Google Docs Tools

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Write Like Hilary Mantel

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet

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

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Check Your Grammar Online

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Why You Should Write By Hand

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Tools to Outline Your Novel

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Get Figment Writing Prompts

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Turn Your Browser into a Typewriter

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Fake Name Generator for Writers

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Get Writer’s Digest Giveaways

NaNoWriMo Tip # 17: Answer Twitter Questions

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Visit Your Genre Lounge

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Best Writing Music of 2012

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: How To Find a Writing Partner

NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Try the Cut-Up Machine

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Explore a Genre Mind Map

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Try the Random Line Generator

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

NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Have a Literary Drink

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Get Some Exercise

NaNoWriMo Tip # 29: Plot Bank for Writers

NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Don’t Forget To Edit

30 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2011

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Take the Random Cliche Test 

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Use the Reference Desk

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Type a Poem

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Make a Mind Map

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Reward Yourself

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Seek Figment Support

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Download Seven Free Writing eBooks

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Get a Literary Butt-Kicking

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Write What You DON’T Know

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Fight a Word War

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Write in the Same Place

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: Download the Free Writing Cheatsheet

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: “Obvious to you. Amazing to others.”

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Listen to Spotify: NaNoWriMo Tip #14

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: Read 30 Tips from Last Year

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Consult a Plot Doctor

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Fix Your Computer Screen Color

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Join the Typewriter Brigade

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Fill Out a Character Chart

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Meet Your Deadline with Kittens

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Use the Symbolitron

NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Make a Spreadsheet

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Explore the World with Globe Genie

NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Write with Your Neighbors

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Try Communal World Building

NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Write by Hand

NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Adopt an Idea

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Explore the Onomatopoeia Dictionary

NaNoWriMo Tip #29: Swap Your Novel

NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Keep Writing Every Day

30 National Novel Writing Month Tips from 2010

NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Write in the Cloud

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: ‘Don’t Finish.’

NaNoWriMo Tip #3: Cliche Finder Stops Cliches Before They Start

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Take the Fantasy Novelist’s Exam

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Use a Name Generator

NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Seek Library Write-In Support

NaNoWriMo Tip #7: Consult Role Playing Game Plots

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Best Pandora Stations for Writing

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Use the Brainstormer App

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Dictate Your Novel Draft

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Use Foursquare for Inspiration

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: ‘Failure Instructs the Writer’

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Use the Online Graphical Dictionary

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Write ‘TK’ for Missing Facts

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: ‘Everyone Has a Certain Amount of Bad Writing to Get Out of Their System’

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Use a Plot Diagram Tool

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Test Your Characters

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Use the Reverse Dictionary

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Use Correct Writing Posture

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Start a Writing Bible

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: ‘It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon’

NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Use Your Smartphone for Novel Writing & Editing

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Turn Your Computer Into a Typewriter

NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Use Write or Die for Motivation

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Relax with a Literary Drink

NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Browse BibliOdyssey for Inspiration

NaNoWriMo Tip #27: World of Warcraft Procrastinator Support

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Request a Free Book Cover

NaNoWriMo Tip #29: Lulu Titlescorer Tests Your Title

NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Share Your Final Sentence

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