2 Helpful NaNoWriMo Guides

Lazette Gifford has a 130 page guide to NaNoWriMo, available free as a PDF from her website – NaNo for the New and Insane, A NaNoWriMo Survival Guide.

The guide includes preparation guidelines, plotting or outlining advice, and an interview with the founder of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty. Written in 2006, the guide can be passed on freely to any writer friends.

@WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers by Kevin S Kaiser, is a new ebook out October 2012. This chunks motivational advice up into 30 day blocks, with a mixture of short author quotes and motivational tips scheduled for each day across the marathon month.

It's around $4 from Amazon as an ebook download, with all profits from the book going towards supporting NaNoWriMo.

More guides below.

Other Guides


Each year there are plenty of books published as writer's guides on methods to write a novel in 30 days.

One of the first was Chris Baty's No Plot, No Problem, which you can still found in bookshops and for sale via the NaNoWriMo web store. This book is considered the official guide to NaNoWriMo, and includes advice on getting through the marathon.

Other books –

(Note: I have only owned or read the first three books on the below list, along with No Plot, No Problem, all of which can be recommended for practical advice).

  • Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Scmidt
  • First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Weisner
  • Write a Novel in 30 Days by Sara McGrath
  • How to Write a Fiction Novel in 30 days or Less by Nicolas Black
  • Write that Book! 7 Steps to write a book in 30 Days by Victor Cannon.
  • Write your Novel in 30 Days by Writer's Digest – this special edition included several downloadable worksheets previously published in Victoria Schmidt's book also. These worksheets are free to download from the WD website via this link.


Web Guides

The best source for tips and advice can be found via the NaNoWriMo website, which offers author interviews, pep talks delivered weekly to your NaNo inbox (here's a link to the pep talk archives) and much advice via the forums.

Each year many writers also offer tips and guides for preparation and motivation via websites and blog posts.




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