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50,000 words (plus our tips) for NaNoWriMo

Check out our daily tips and how-tos during NaNoWriMo.

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Black-Man-Writing-Letter-600x400November is National Novel Writing Month, an effort to encourage writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Sound like a lofty task? Consider this: More than 250 novels, including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Hugh Howey’s Wool and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, have been published from NaNoWriMo participation.

NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and has since taken off thanks in large part to social media, where writers unite to share progress and get inspiration. In 2013, more than 310,000 participants from around the globe took to their computers to work on their novels.

This year, The Writer is getting in on the action, too. Every day, you can check our website and social media pages to get writing prompts and craft articles that will help spark ideas, build skills and inspire creativity. Here is what we have in store for you every day during the month of November:

Structure Sunday: Get gritty with the writing you’ve already done to make sure that the structure of your prose is solid.

Motivation Monday: Are you a new writer? Or are you looking for a new story idea? These situational writing prompts will set a new scene for you to run with.

Tune-in Tuesday: Crafting realistic dialogue is a challenge for every writer. We’ll help you create conversation that is natural and advances your story.

Warm-up Wednesday: Get the creative juices nano_featureflowing with quick writing exercises to start your session off right.


Throwback Thursday: Delve into our archives to read articles featuring solid craft takeaways you can apply to your work.

Friday Figures: Build character with prompts that help you analyze the motivations of the people in your stories and figure out what makes them tick.

Sensational Saturday: Emotion is at the core of  fiction: character, voice, pacing. Use these prompts to strike the right emotional chord.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter this #NaNoWriMo to hone your craft and tailor your tale. Now get writing!


If you missed this week’s prompts, check them out here, here and here.

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