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