Hey everyone! As NaNoWriMo approaches, and the month of November itself, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a masterpost of tips, techniques, and preparation exercises. I did not make any of the content listed below myself, so credit goes directly to the respective content creators. Happy writing, and remember- keep your head up. It’s not about quality, it’s about finishing. You got this. Good luck.
- 10 Tips from the Writing Box
- Five Things I Wish I’d Known Going Into My First NaNoWriMo
- Pre-NaNoWriMo Tips
- October 31st Planning Advice
- How To: Write a Novel in 30 Days
- How To: Start Your Novel
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers
- Is Your Novel Working?
- Story Idea Generator
- How To: Reach Your NaNoWriMo Goal
- Staying Motivated
GENERAL WRITING TIPS:
- Developing a Well Paced Novel
- How To: Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
- The Opening Hook
- How To: Write a Novel
- Effectively Outlining Your Plot
- Developing Your Style
- Novel Outlining 101
- 9 Simple Writing Habits
- Dialogue Writing
- Busting Your Writing Rut
- Name Generator
- Name Playground
- Behind the Name
- Characterization Tips
- Character Chart
- Seven Common Character Types
- Advice for Writing Specific Characters
- Pre-Writing Characters
- Main Character Tropes
- Creating a Likeable Character
- The Universal Mary Sue Test
- Myers Briggs Personality Test
- 100 Positive Traits
- Character Development Exercises
- Eight Bad Characters
- Using Mental Illness in Your Writing
- Family Tree Designer
- 123 Character Flaws
- Writing Realistic Platonic Male Friendships
- Writing Intriguing Male and Female Characters
- Writing POCs
- Writing Sexuality
- Writing Primary Characters
- Writing Secondary Characters
PLOT & CONFLICT:
- How To: Write Without a Plot
- 36 Dramatic Situations
- Tips for Writing a Compelling Plot
- Plot Development
- The Art of Foreshadowing
- Plotting Without Fears
- What is Conflict?
- Conflict Test
- 5 Tips for Writing an Effective Plot Twist
- How To: Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes
- 25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep
- Plot Bank
- The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of Plot Development
- 12 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing an Ending
- Various Plot Resources
THIS MAKES ME EXCITED FOR EVERYONE DOING NANAWRIMO.
"For Americans who have plowed through [Alice] Munro’s Selected Stories and are looking for a broader taste of Canadian literature — or CanLit, as it is called here — I offer a partial and admittedly idiosyncratic ‘Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Literature.’”
1. How can you tell if the unknown party guest is the Devil?
- He has cloven feet
- He turned the television on to MTV (grandma was right!)
- He’s all like “hey baby, I’m burnin’ up here cause you’re so hot and I’m Satan”
- He’s checking out your copy of the Malleus Maleficarum all casual like it’s not weird
2. Who was Jack the Ripper, really?
- The Earl of Toffee, heir to Her Majesty’s cabbages
- Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the lead pipe
- Moriarty, damn his eyes! He’s the Napoleon of crime!
- El Chupacabra
3. How can I tell thou art a witch?
- For thou hast cavorted with Satan in a sexy way
- Because I could really use thy farmland if thou happened to be a witch
- For the milk has gone sour and I understand science not
- For thou won’t consent to a simple drowning test, the premise “offends thy good sense”
4. Before Jack o’ Lanterns, Celtic cultures used:
- The carved heads of your enemies
- Bog sacrifice of your enemies
- Oatmeal in the shape of a face (of your enemies)
- Jack o’ turnips
5. Which Malevolent Old Woman Spirit from Japan is the scariest?
- Cackling old woman
- Old woman bleeding from the eyes
- Floating head of weeping old woman
- Old woman inquiring about your marital status
6. What is the only thing that can kill a werewolf?
- Silver bulletin
- Rock n’ roll
- Pile driver
7. Should we pick up this spectral hitchhiker?
- Only if he will share his weed
- No way, they’re jerks! You give them a ride and then they vanish without saying thanks
- Only if they’re doing that thing where you stick your leg out
- I don’t trust those spectral hitchhikers, they’re all the same, but I’m not racist or anything
8. Trick or:
- El Chupacabra
9. If you say “Bloody Mary” three times, what will you see in the mirror?
- The Virgin Mary (this answer is blasphemous, circle only if you are willing to go to confession immediately)
- “Bawdy Mary?” this spell is broken
- A bartender who heard you the first time
- A scorching hot hag (if you’re into hags)
10. What do the zombies want?
Please circle your answers in blood (obviously) and submit your papers via séance
I reblogged a link to this quiz I made last year, but deleted it, this is better! The whole darn thing.
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Jackson Definitely needs a sweater.