Although the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for those in the know) doesn’t begin until November 1st, it’s always a great idea to start planning your 50,000 word masterpiece now. Starting today October 1st, you have 30 days to get a story idea, sketch or outline put together in that time, so when the clock strikes 12:00 am on 11/1/2011, you’ll be ready to get your first 1,667 words down for the day – and for each of the remaining 29 days afterward. To join the insanity sign up at NaNoWriMo.

To help you out are a couple of really cool resources. First, there’s author Larry Brooks over at StoryFix.com who has started a 31 day marathon of informational posts to help anyone participating in NaNoWriMo. The posts are titled Nail Your NaNoWriMo.

Check out Larry’s information packed blog it’s great. Also, if you haven’t already picked it up, his book Story Engineering is an indispensible tool in helping you craft your story into a saleable novel.

Here are his first two posts:
Nail Your NaNoWrMo #1 – 31 Empowering Posts in 31 Days
Nail Your NaNoWrMo #2 – Keep Your Character Close to Home

The other cool resource comes from WriteWay. From now until December 15th, you can use their novel writing software WriteWayPro – for free. This cool tool combines the power of a full-featured word processor and a host of organizational and project management tools geared specifically for novelists. Everything pertaining to your manuscript is at your fingertips–from background data including your notes, character profiles, research folders, synopsis, etc., to your story outline and composition. You’ll also see your word/page counts calculate on the fly and have the ability to adjust your writing session goals as needed.

For NaNoWriMo participants only go to this page to get the full professional edition to use for free until December 15th, and if you find you like WriteWayPro, you can use the promotional code of NANO-PRO11 to get the software for 50% off until December 31, 2011.

Here’s a quick overview video of how you can use WriteWayPro. It’s better viewed in full-screen mode.

Like I said, it’s a pretty cool tool. When you combine this with the advice Larry is providing, you’re sure to see NaNoWriMo to a successful finish.


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