I’ve been meaning to do it for ages, but this year I finally made the commitment and signed up to try and write a novel, or at the very least get one started, in a month. Gulp. NaNoWriMo (the affectionate shorthand for National Novel Writing Month) offers a Camp version in July. The timing was perfect! I always find myself swept under a pile of official To Do List items in the Fall, and conveniently couldn’t find a reason not to pledge to write 50,000 words during the height of summer.
What I love about the NaNoWriMo ‘system’ is that it’s primarily about support and encouragement to help inspire writers to achieve their literary goals, and conquer that fear of getting those ideas from your head on to the blindingly white page. You can sign up for free, get assigned a virtual cabin of other writers who are working towards a similar goal, get access to pep talks from established authors (like Susan Dennard and Mary Robinette Kowal), and can even view lovely charts displaying your stats to keep you on top of your word count.
So far during the first week I’ve scratched out around 9,000 words, and since I truly believe that as Stephen King said: “the scariest moment is always just before you start,” I’m proud that I’ve made it over the first hump. To celebrate I decided to share some fantastically helpful writing tips and resources that have been lifting me up and carrying me through those pesky moments of uncertainty and self-doubt: