Advice from past NaNoWriMo participants on writing your novel


Write that novel: Tips on winning NaNoWriMo

It’s day two of National Novel Writing Month, which means all around the world, writers are furiously typing away at their computers (or staring at blank screens—hey, it’s all part of the process!). I’m happy to report that, despite some major doubts about my plot in the days leading up to NaNoWriMo, I kicked it off by writing more than 2,000 words on day one. Even though it’s Monday and there are a million other things to do, I’m anxious to dive into day two.

But first, I thought I’d share some advice from former NaNoWriMo participants on how to tackle this month like a champ. Even if you’re not joining in on the festivities this month but are thinking about writing a novel, these are great tips to keep in mind.


A reminder that comparison is the thief of joy…

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…and that this is supposed to be fun.

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Some perspective that the first draft is just a draft…NaNoWriMo advice NaNoWriMo advice

…and every little bit counts.
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Always have a plan for your next session…
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…and don’t forget your priorities.NaNoWriMo advice

And some words of wisdom from the NaNoWriMo coaches themselves:NaNoWriMo advice

Happy novel writing!

Related: 7 tips for making sure you kick butt at NaNoWriMo

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  1. Great tips. This is my first time trying to do NaNoWriMo. Trying being the operative word. Day 2 has kicked my butt so far, but these tweets have helped.

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Thanks, Cherie! Hope it’s gotten easier. Days 1 and 2 were good for me, and then yesterday happened. I’m still struggling, but I am getting words on the page! That’s what it’s all about, right?

  2. Last year I participated for the first time and it was a wonderful experience.Tough but awesome and so worth it. Will be spending time this month editing instead of participating. Good luck!

  3. NaNoWriMo scares the everliving shit out of me. Mostly because I haven’t tried my hand at fiction since I wrote that epic 9 part Pokemon fanfiction way back in middle school.

    Good luck and Godspeed!


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