All Write: NaNoWriMo Resources

When it comes to writing, this time of year focuses on the challenge that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The challenge involves writing a 50,000-word novel within a 30-day period. Starting in 1999, the organization and challenge grew to host millions of users worldwide and since then has continued to provide outreach to communities through the written word.

Through the NaNoWriMo website, opens a new window, aspiring writers and seasoned wordsmiths can connect with one another for ideas, collaboration and encouragement.

50,000 words is no small task. Thankfully, if you’re looking to participate in a writing challenge during the month of November, you can set your own word count goal to meet your needs. You can still set start and finish dates, join forum, and add buddies.

Now comes some of the bigger challenges: How do you go about keeping track of everything? How do you stay focused? Are there other programs besides Microsoft Word that you can use to write? What if typing is a challenge? Getting technology to cooperate can be intimidating on its own, so adding it to this kind of writing challenge may be difficult.

The following list of free resources can help writers get the most out of their NaNoWriMo experience.

For organizing your ideas:

For writing

For speech-to-text writing:

For staying focused:

Places to help break writer’s block:

Are there any resources you like to use? Let us know in the comments!

Here’s to telling your stories!