Resources For Wrimos and Nonparticipants as Well
Whether or not you are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November, you will probably find most of the resources listed below to be of some use to you as a writer.
I also wanted to note that although the word “National” is used, this is an international event. Writers in countries all over the globe will be participating. Wherever you live, after you sign up, you’ll be directed to join your region, which will put you in contact with fellow writers in your part of the world. It’s a great way to meet new people.
First, I want to once again shout out the free Young Novelist’s Workbook made available by NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. It’s geared to high school writers, but I think it’s a valuable resource for any writer, particularly if this is your first NaNoWriMo. Did I mention it’s free? Go get it!
Want a nifty word counter like the one appearing in my sidebar? You can find it here.
Companies that sponsor NaNoWriMo offer participants some sweet freebies and special dealios. For example, CreateSpace will give NaNoWriMo winners (i.e., those who write 50,000+ words by midnight, November 30) 5 free printed copies of their novel. You can find the sponsor offers here.
If you’re looking for word processing software that offers more inspiration than Microsoft Word, you many want to check out yWriter5 and Storybook. I’ve tried both and while there’s a bit of a learning curve, both programs offer lots of fun and useful features for writers. yWriter is always free. Storybook has a free lite version and the option to purchase a pro version.
I’ll list more free resources as I find them. If you have any free resources to recommend, please share in the comments section.
Thanks for the excellent resources! One that I find useful for short term motivation is the website http://writtenkitten.net/ it allows you to pick a word count (from a drop down menu) and once you achieve it, a picture of a random kitten or cat shows up. It’s a silly little program, but can be helpful if you need a little bit of motivation.
How fun! Thanks for sharing. And it’s so appropriate on National Cat Day. 🙂