National Novel Writing Month (aka Nanowrimo) is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

Sure, it’s a crazy thing to do, but it is one of the best ways to learn how to write a novel (and to learn if that is something you ever want to do again).

I’ve participated in Nanowrimo 12 times, and completed the challenge ten times. My 2018 Nano novel became Spring Comes Twice, and which I blogged about as I wrote it.

Here are some resources you might find helpful on your Nanowrimo (or writing in general) journey. These are tools I’ve used (and many I continue to use).

CAVEAT SCRIPTOR: I write on a Windows laptop (and the occasional spiral notebook). YMMV.

Andi’s Nanowrimo blog posts (daily posts): 2016 and 2018 and 2020.

National Novel Writing Month


Dave Seah’s fantastic Nanowrimo writing calendar (free download!)

Distraction-free writing (some with carrots, some with sticks):

Music/Ambient noise:



Plot Generator:

Writing Prompts:

Character names: