October is well underway now and fall is starting to make its first lazy appearance here in Georgia with gray, overcast days setting a good writerly #mood. And while the rest of the internet is getting spooky and basic with PSLs and horror movies, I’m getting good and ready for NaNoWrimo. I’ve already listed the 10 books I’m reading to get ready, but along with skeletons and spoopiness, the internet is also chockfull of writing resources this time of year. Here are a few that I’m loving this year:
Rachel Stephen: Rachel is a good writerly follow any time of year, but as the originator of Preptober, she’s even more essential this time of year. She has a whole Preptober playlist of videos to help you plot and craft your NaNo novel. She’s also a bullet journaler and has great videos about how to plan and track your novel in your journal.
Word Nerds: Like a lot of people, I discovered the Word Nerds a few years ago when they partnered with NaNoWriMo to host virtual write-ins and post videos on the official YouTube channel, and I’ve loved them ever since. They host virtual write-ins throughout November and have great inspiration and tip videos all year
Jenna Moreci: If you’re a writer and you’re not following Jenna on YouTube, you might be living under a rock. Her no-B.S. writing advice is not for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is a writing career TBH.
bookishpixie: Originally a blog, YA/MG author Gabe (Ava Jae) branched out into vlogging a few years ago and is now primarily on YouTube. With insights into the traditional publishing industry along with a peek into all aspects of the writing process from first-drafting to critiquing and querying, Gabe is a solid follow.
NaNoWriMo Official Channel: Of course, I can’t leave off the official NaNo channel. The first year I discovered virtual write-ins was also the first year I won NaNo. Not a coincidence. They have write-ins and tip videos leading up to November 1st and bi-weekly write-ins during NaNo.
Blogs & Websites:
Terrible Minds: I’ve already extolled the virtues of Chuck Wendig’s book Damn Fine Story but the reason I even bought that book was because of Chuck’s blog. His NSFW writing advice along with guest posts from other writers is exactly the kick in the pants you need to get plotting and stick with this crazy writing challenge.
Jami Gold: I will caveat this by saying that the design of her website makes my UX-loving heart hurt a bit, but the resources are top-notch. She offers six different beat sheets, including three with accompanying Scrivener templates, to help you plan every step of your novel.
NaNoWriMo website: This is another no brainer, but the official site has an entire page dedicated to NaNo Prep resources including a calendar of virtual prep events, digital swag for your social profiles to keep you motivated, and an archive of blog posts on basically every writing topic.
Write-Minded Podcast: I’m still a bit of a podcast newbie, but I’m getting to that stage when if I don’t have something in my queue, I feel kind of disoriented. Write-Minded is co-hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo’s Executive Director and I’m loving the structure of it so far. The episodes are fairly short and provide the perfect burst of writing motivation to kick off your week.
Canva: Not a writing resource per se, but never underestimate the motivational value of creating a fake book cover for your NaNo novel. Canva is also a good tool to create aesthetic boards to capture the mood of your novel and keep you inspired throughout writing. Plus, it’s free!
How are you getting ready for NaNoWriMo?