Every November, writers old and new set out with a lofty goal: to each write a 50,000 word novel as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Many succeed, but others are not up to the challenge, falling short or simply giving up as they struggle to achieve this amazing feat. It is the writing equivalent of running a marathon — a challenge that you must achieve personally, but may not be able to succeed in without some support. If you're participating in NaNoWriMo (or just taking notes for next year), read on, and we'll point you to 50 excellent blogs to follow and get advice from as you set out on your great writing challenge.
Advice & Updates
Get news and helpful information from veteran writers and NaNoWriMo participants through these blogs.
- Nathan Bransford: Author Nathan Bransford shares a boot camp for NaNoWriMo participants on his blog, including choosing ideas, meeting goals, powering through, and editing as you go.
- Doing Write: Follow Doing Write for playlists, plotlines, and preparation, all for NaNoWriMo.
- The Precocious Scribe: Sarah Ketley is a new writing blogger, sharing deadly writing sins and other great advice for NaNoWriMo participants.
- Sommer Leigh: This blog offers great support through cheerleading, resources, and great ideas for pushing forward all the way to "The End" in NaNoWriMo.
- Michelle Dennis Evans: After dropping a weight-loss challenge to win NaNoWriMo twice in a row, Michelle Dennis Evans has great advice for participants this year.
- DeeScribewriting: This Australian writer and NaNoWriMo participant shares her tips, news, and musings for working through the month and staying inspired.
- GalleyCat: GalleyCat offers excellent advice: 30 tips from last year, to be exact, for NaNoWriMo participants.
- Terrible Minds: Find advice for writing, as well as a great list of NaNoWriMo do's and don'ts on the Terrible Minds blog.
- Authopublisher: Authopublisher has great advice for NaNoWriMo participants, including story elements, inspiration, and even ideas for care packages.
- She Writes: Although this blog is written by and for lady writers, anyone can benefit from She Writes' daily NaNoWriMo writing tips, including some from published authors.
- The Writer's Life: Traci Brimhall blogs about daily writing life, choosing a NaNoWriMo project, and staying creative.
- NaNoWriMo: Follow the Murderati blog for advice, cheat sheets, and ideas for critique groups during NaNoWriMo.
- Wordplay: K.M. Weiland blogs about helping writers become authors, including great ways to lengthen word count for NaNoWriMo.
- Jodi Cleghorn: Jodi Cleghorn's blog shares excerpts from her NaNoWriMo experience, tips for keeping your sanity, ways to find creativity, and preparation tips.
When you've written until you just can't write anymore, take a moment to check out these blogs and find the motivation to keep going.
- The Office of Letters and Light: The Office of Letters and Light is responsible for creating NaNoWriMo, and their blog offers plenty of advice and inspiration for writers both new and experienced.
- Life Debatable: Find out what makes this veteran NaNoWriMo participant (and 2010 winner) keep going from the Life Debatable blog.
- WOW! Women on Writing: Get tips, inspiration, and updates from NaNoWriMo on the WOW! Women on Writing blog.
- Paperback Writer: This blogger is an unofficial NaNoWriMo torch bearer, sharing posts, links, and more throughout November to help NaNoWriMo participants keep going.
- Chazley: This NaNoWriMo participant shares good ideas for staying up to speed, and actually enjoying yourself during NaNoWriMo.
- The Yogiverse: Follow along with this NaNoWriMo participant to see great progress in play by play mode to keep you writing.
- Just Kelly's Writing Blog: Kelly shares her benchmarks for NaNoWriMo success, tips for preparation, and advice for staying well on this blog.
- Procrastinating Writers: If you struggle to get started even during NaNoWriMo, the Procrastinating Writers blog can give you a kick in the right direction.
- All About Writing: Nicole Humphrey writes to help you get over writer's block, use reward systems, and get things planned accordingly.
- Duolit: The self-publishing team of Duolit offers motivation with speech bubbles, hype ideas, and success tips that will keep you going during NaNoWriMo.
Writing can be as simple as pen, paper, and your imagination, but it doesn't have to be. These blogs will point you to helpful writing resources, including skills challenges, editing tips, and even technology.
- Nail Your Novel: This blog offers regular writing skills and advice, as well as tips for finding NaNoWriMo buddies, preparation tips, and even tool kits for making it work.
- The Edited Life: Gwen Hernandez offers tips for using Scrivener for editing and more during NaNoWriMo.
- Author Tools: Lynn Jordan's blog offers great advice for making technology a big part of your writing and NaNoWriMo experience.
- The Graceful Doe: The Graceful Doe has writing skills advice, helpful sites and blog posts, and motivation for NaNoWriMo.
- All the Billion Other Moments: Find ideas and even computer programs that can help you keep moving during NaNoWriMo on All the Billion Other Moments.
Don't go it alone this NaNoWriMo. Check in and follow along with other writers and stay on track together with these blogs.
- Dare to Care: Dare to Care chronicles advice for young writers groups and schools participating in NaNoWriMo.
- Writers in the Storm: Writers in the Storm will help you work through self doubt, deadlines, and balancing everyday life.
- Figment: Figment offers a support group for young writers and more on this blog and beyond.
- American Library in Paris: This library encourages patrons to participate in NaNoWriMo, both on this blog and at library gatherings.
- Insecure Writers' Support Group: Join Ellen Brickley and the Insecure Writers' Support Group to see how you can make NaNoWriMo work for you.
- Write On!: This blog is written for teen writers and readers, sharing NaNoWriMo support and year-round insight.
It can't be this hard for everyone, can it? Find out by following along with these NaNoWriMo participants, some new and some old.
- Randall Cleveland: Woot! writer Randall Cleveland chronicles his very first NaNoWriMo experience on this blog.
- Jefferson's NaNoWriMo Blog: Follow Jefferson's experience in NaNoWriMo as he posts his story drafts each day, and see if you can keep up!
- Tiny Heroes: Mindy Crouchley is showing unemployment who's boss with her participation in NaNoWriMo this year.
- Michael Kingswood: Check out Michael Kingswood's blog to see his story ideas, writing progress, and more throughout NaNoWriMo.
- The Land of Man-Eating Pixies: Find insanity and writing, and sometimes insane writing on this blog from a NaNoWriMo participant with advice, resources, and even virtual care packages.
- Poets' Sceneries: Check out this writer's blog to see what his NaNoWriMo experience is like.
- Life With Sharon: See how a mom, blogger, and wannabe author gets it done for NaNoWriMo on this blog.
- That NaNoWriMo Blog: Marie Klein shares her experience in NaNoWriMo, as a 4th-year participant. See her interview main characters, and keep up with lofty writing schedules, including 10,000 words for day one!
- One Writer's Mind: J.A. Grier shares her experiences with NaNoWriMo, insights, and more on this blog.
Get help with advice for writing, publishing, and more on these writing support blogs.
- Readability Blog: Check out this blog for advice on making your novel more readable and fun to enjoy.
- Writer's Fun Zone: Check out the Writer's Fun Zone for advice and support in novel writing, including important steps for actually finishing your novel.
- A Bit of Free Advice: Writing: The Novel Publishing Group has great advice for writing and getting the most out of NaNoWriMo.
- Authonomy: This blog from HarperCollins offers a community for writers participating in NaNoWriMo and hoping to get published.
- Write Now Coach: On the Write Now Coach blog, you'll find writing prompts, publishing tips, and even posts about how you can make NaNoWriMo work for you.