NaNoWriMo Is for First Drafts

NaNoWriMo Is for First Drafts

Here’s a great post about what NaNoWriMo is great for, and what it is not. It will help you create a first draft and get down unexpected ideas. A draft like that will need many revisions. Leave your finished work alone for a while at the end of the month. Then go back and start the work of reshaping, adding, and cutting that will make your story work.


Write a “Hold That ____________!” Poem for Robert Brewer’s Blog


Here’s my day 4 poem for Robert Brewer’s blog. His challenge today is to write a Hold That______! poem. Click the link below to read dozens from his growing community of poets and to contribute your own. Mine is below the link.

2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 4 | Write a Poem a Day Until May |

Hold That Pose

You are no model

neither am I

which is the whole

point of this

particular enterprise

as we aim long lenses

at one another to

document this

afternoon of  real

warmth and silliness

it doesn’t matter

that our hair

is wild and none

would copy our

clothes but that

no look will

ever be quite

like this again

though eons

through space

the planet will


Falling Leaflets: What Agents Say About National Novel Writing Month

Here’s a useful article with advice from agents about what to do after you finish your NaNoWriMo novel.

Falling Leaflets: What Agents Say About National Novel Writing Month.

Free Novel Writing Goodies in Honor of NaNoWriMo |

There’s a treasure trove of terrific free downloads for novelists on this blog. You can reap the benefits even if you dropped out of NaNoWriMo or never signed up! Zip over there and collect.

NaNoWriMo Tips |

Advice for Writers who are Stuck

If you need to get unstuck in the middle of writing November, here’s some simple, but effective advice.

AdviceToWriters – Advice to Writers – The Answer is to Write.

Adventures in Agentland

This “wonder” ful blog post lists some other resources for NaNoWriMo participants, including revision-related links for December and beyond. Even if you are not participating these links will help with your novel.

Adventures in Agentland.

NaNoWriMo Tips |

Check out a collection of terrific free downloads to help you write your book, whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo, you will find some treasures here.

NaNoWriMo Tips |

Writers First AidStarving Writers

From Kristi Holl, here are some great suggestions for freshening up your writing. For example, turn off the computer and go outside.

Writers First AidStarving Writers.

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet – GalleyCat

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and you are like me, you are looking at the title of this recommended post and laughing. Stop laughing and sign off. I am doing that now…

NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet – GalleyCat.

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published – Mental Floss

Need inspiration? Find out about some NaNoWriMo books that have been published!

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published – Mental Floss.