10 NaNoWriMo Tips for Success from Editors and Agents

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
Attempting NaNoWriMo this year? I've asked 10 Reedsy editors and agents for their advice to help you succeed.

How I Learned that Finishing the Book is its Own Accomplishment

Column by Karis Rogerson October 25, 2021
Karis Rogerson finished her first novel in four years and has learned to celebrate that fact.

10 Things I Learned Live Streaming the Writing of My 50K Word NaNoWriMo Novel

Column by Jay Wilburn December 10, 2020
Twitch is designed for gamers & fans. More & more authors are experimenting with the platform. Jay Wilburn streamed the writing of his entire 50K word NaNoWriMo novel & learned a few things as he did.

I May Fail NaNoWriMo This Year, but It Didn't Fail Me

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson chats about her past with NaNoWriMo and how this year, even though she's not on track to win the challenge, she is on track to love writing more.

Why NaNoWriMo is a Terrible Idea, But I Keep Doing it Anyway

Column by Jay Wilburn
NaNoWriMo is a challenge that helps people power through to complete a novel in the month of November. It can also be very discouraging for many writers. Why does Jay Wilburn keep trying it?

5 Bestsellers That Started Out As NaNoWriMo Projects

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
So that your motivation doesn’t flag as we’re approaching mid-November, here's a reminder of five books written during NaNoWriMo that went on to become national bestsellers.

A Non-Snarky Guide to Getting Your NaNoWriMo Draft into Shape

Column by Annie Neugebauer
NaNoWriMo-ers, congratulations! You survived November! Whether you “won” or just wrote more than usual, you now have an at least partially-completed manuscript waiting for you. So… What now?

A NaNoWriMo Survival Boost

Column by Annie Neugebauer
NaNoWriMo is rough, and we're only halfway there. Inside, find your survival boost.

11 Tips to Beat Procrastination and Get that Novel Drafted

Column by Annie Neugebauer November 7, 2018
11 tips for resisting the urge to procrastinate, because falling behind in NaNoWriMo (or any fast drafting) is the kiss of death.

7 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Right Now

Column by Emmanuel Nataf
Want to write a novel but don't know where to start? NaNoWriMo 2018 might be the perfect opportunity — here's 7 ways you can prepare for it now.

5 Things to Do With Your New NaNoWriMo Book

Column by Max Booth III December 16, 2016
Hope you have some gasoline handy.

What I'm Doing Instead of NaNoWriMo

Column by Leah Dearborn November 1, 2016
I honestly don't have the time or desire to pump out 50,000 words for fun or practice, especially since it would draw energy away from the commercial writing that I rely on.

NaNoWriMo Hangover: 8 Steps to Recovery

Column by Brandon Tietz December 7, 2015
You've just completed NaNoWriMo and have a messy first draft to show for it. Now what?

5 Uses For Your Unfinished NaNoWriMo Manuscript

Column by Leah Dearborn November 11, 2015
Not everyone finishes NaNoWriMo every year, and that's okay.

6 Things You Should Never Write About for NaNoWriMo

Column by Cath Murphy November 2, 2015
Getting past the NaNoWriMo finish line isn’t just about perseverance and gallons of coffee. It’s about picking the right idea. Choose wisely my friends.
NaNoWriMo Receives $10K Grant from Pubslush Foundation

NaNoWriMo Receives $10K Grant from Pubslush Foundation

News by Raine Winters
NaNoWriMo is about to get that much more fabulous thanks to Pubslush.
News, NaNoWriMo, Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters Has A Deal For NaNoWriMo Folks: Give To Charity, Get Entered To Win A Critique

News by Rob Hart November 12, 2014
Win a chance to win a manuscript critique from Ben H. Winters, author of the excellent 'Last Policeman' series. All you have to do is offer a helping hand to a worthy organization.

The Pitfalls of NaNoWriMo

Column by Christopher Shultz November 6, 2014
NaNoWriMo is a wonderful event for some writers, but a very bad idea for others. In which camp do you belong?

NaNoWriMo vs. The Three-Day Novel Contest: Pros and Cons

Column by Leah Dearborn November 5, 2014
Are you a tortoise or a hare? NaNoWriMo isn't the only writing marathon, and participating in different challenges can help you discover more about your own habits.

The NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Column by Rob Blair Young November 4, 2014
I teach you how to cope with the long-haul goals of NaNoWriMo. From psychological tricks to help motivate yourself to what you can eat, drink, and wear—I cover it all.

12 Vital Preparatory Steps for NaNoWriMo

Column by Rob Blair Young October 2, 2014
November poses one of the greatest challenges for writers: drafting an entire novel in one month. Learn what you can do now to increase your chances of success.

4 Things I Learned From NaNoWriMo

Column by Ryan Peverly December 9, 2013
So, some lessons were learned from participating in National Novel Writing Month for the first time.

Don’t You Dare Stop! – 5 Bullshit Reasons for Giving Up on NaNoWriMo

Column by Cath Murphy November 14, 2013
NaNoWriMo's half way mark looms and you're suffering from a bad case of verbal fatigue. But enough with the bullshit excuses! This is why you must keep going and Finish That Thing.

Remember To Wear Pants: Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo with Your Dignity Intact

Column by Leah Dearborn
NaNoWriMo can be a hectic time, even if you're not trying to juggle writing with a job, family, going to the gym, and occasionally breathing.

Would Jane Austen Write A Blog? (and other things writers probably shouldn't do)

Column by Cath Murphy November 16, 2012
Being it is NaNoWriMo, it seems right to look back at the great writers of our time and ask if they would have joined in, or laughed their asses off instead.