“The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: Getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.” – Walter Mosley
A few more days before November 1st arrives. The air is already cool (now I love my early morning commute for work), some people I know are asking how I and my family will be spending All Saints Day, and I have been re-watching “Supernatural“ (first season) and other horror movies. While I am pretty much excited for Halloween (all those horror shows!), there is another reason that the last day of October is exciting for me. That reason is NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month). I barely completed the 50,000 word count goal last year (oh the shame!) but this year, I’m pretty much optimistic. The difference? Last year I barely planned. Barely? Okay, let’s try “did not even plan.” This year, I managed to jot down some plotlines, prepped myself with some writing (which, admittedly, I let backslide for quite some time now) and actually actively looked for inspiration instead of just sitting around, waiting for it to strike. I’d say those are good things to start with.
blathered talked about writing for NaNoWriMo in my previous blog posts, like dressing up your characters and my own survival kit. As a final nod to NaNo prep, here is one more blog post about it. This time, I am listing down the tools and/or resources that I feel may help us participants. Whether you’re a Planner or a Pantser, I wish you sincere best of luck. May you have an abundance of inspiration but with a healthy dose of madness so that we may see the world differently and write about what we glimpse in those worlds that we build. We can do this!
The tools of the trade to help you in writing:
- 750 Words – Every day, you must complete 750 words. It should help you kick-start your writing.
- Litlift – This helps you outline your novel, complete with scenes, characters and settings. Give it a spin. It looks like fun.
- One Page Per Day – It presents you with a blank page and you write. Of course. Its user interface (which I love) has the old-school, typewriter feel to it. If you’re a throwback like, this is what I would use for just flexing my writing muscle.
- RanGen – Still worried about your novel’s plot? You think your character is a little on the blah side? Feel like the world you’ve built is lacking something? This generator comes in handy. Really.
- Springhole – Another website to the rescue. If RanGen does not float your boat, there is always Springhole. Confused about what your character should be? Need a kick-starter for a conflict? Jump in Springhole. It’s worth it.
- WriteMonkey – If you’re the type who needs a program that would free you from distractions while you write, this might just serve your purpose.
- Hemingway – Another app that helps you with your grammar and sentence structure. It’s pretty helpful. Case in point: You know how you, as a writer, should avoid adverbs as much as you can? Well, this app highlights the adverbs, prompting you to take it down and replace it with a good verb instead.
Other resources for writers and their craft (flex those writing muscles!):
- Writer’s Digest
- Poe War
- Write Club
- “What’s your novel’s log line?” from Daily Writing Tips
- Writing Forward
I hope this list will help you out. Now read them, learn from them, apply what you’ve learned, gear up for NaNoWriMo, and write, write, write!