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NaNoWriMo Resource Roundup

**Post has been amended to include the following statement on 17 November, 2023.

SBWN has become aware of the recent allegations involving NaNoWriMo on their forums. We are an organization that continually strives to foster safer safer spaces and as such cannot support an organization that has blatantly failed to provide such a space to its writers. We encourage writers who are currently working on projects to continue to do so but to consider working outside of their platform and use third-party resources to support them during the rest of the month. We are actively monitoring NaNoWrimo’s public response and direct links to their website have been removed.

We will continue to provide resources and support BPOC writers as they write their novels, whether supported by a writing challenge or other methods

Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month?

Whether you’re new to this annual writing challenge or tackling it again this November, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of resources to help you get everything ready before and support you throughout November and beyond.

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge where you write 50,000 of a novel within 30 days in November. The challenge started in 1999 and since then, hundreds of thousands of writers across the world have participated in this challenge.

Writers who have started projects during NaNoWriMo have gone on to publish their novels, including some that have since become best sellers.

Why do NaNoWriMo?

Writing 50,000 words in just a month can be a daunting project.

But if you’re looking to carve out dedicated time to a project, being part of a challenge with so many other writers participating around the globe to cheer you on and support you might be worth exploring.

During NaNoWriMo there are also regional events to connect you with fellow writers not just from Scotland but directly in your city.

Can you prep before NaNoWriMo starts?

While some writers just dive in come November, many others start prepping during October aka in Preptober.

Preptober is a month dedicated to gathering resources and getting your story, characters and plot in order so that when 1 November comes, you can just dive right into your story without interruption.

For more on preptober, check out this guide from Reedsy.


National Novel Writing Month

Five Reasons to Participate in NaNoWriMo

#5onFri: Pros and Cons of NaNoWriMo | by DIY MFA

A Guide to NaNoWriMo For Parents by Cindy Marie Jenkins | Writer’s Atelier


Free Mini Course: NaNo Prep 101

30-day novel planner | by Writer’s Atelier

How I Prep for NaNoWriMo with Racquel Henry

The Ultimate Guide to Planning for NaNoWriMo | By Savannah Gilbo

Preptober Schedule | by Eva Deverell

The NaNoWriMo Schedule for All Storytelling Types | by E.M. Welsh

Win NaNoWriMo with The Downhill Method by Alyson Grauer | Writer’s Atelier

Writing resources

Google Docs Scene List Template | by Jen Terpstra

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel Outlining Template for Google Docs| by Jen Terpstra

3 Ways to Use Brackets to Write Your NaNoWriMo Draft Faster | by Writer’s Atelier

Busting Writer’s Block During NaNoWriMo | by Writer’s Atelier


Five Things to Do Next With Your NaNoWriMo Draft | by Writer’s Atelier

How to Rock Your Post-NaNoWriMo Revisions | by DIY MFA

Writing apps


The Reedsy Book Editor

Google Docs






Logo image credit: Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

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