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20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 17, 2014
One sentence can make or break an entire story, even before it’s written. Stephen King admits that the opening line... More  →
20 First Sentences Guaranteed to Improve Your Novel

50 NaNoWriMo Plot Ideas for the Plot-less

By ElodieNovember 5, 2014
National Novel Writing Month may have already started, but it's not too late to catch up! All you need is coffee, a... More  →
50 NaNoWriMo Plot Ideas for the Plot-less

How to Celebrate Winning NaNoWriMo! (And How to Anti-Celebrate Losing)

By Melissa AlbertDecember 4, 2013
Hey, everybody! Who won NaNoWriMo? (Bunches of hands go up. Mine stays down, shoved into a box of Sno-Caps.) Your suspicions are correct.... More  →
How to Celebrate Winning NaNoWriMo! (And How to Anti-Celebrate Losing)

Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 22, 2013
We're two-thirds of the way through NaNoWriMo, and I could write a rousing second-period pep talk about being aaaalmost there... More  →
Know Your NaNoWriMo Characters: Advice From a Published Author

Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

By Melissa AlbertNovember 20, 2013
Sparklers, I have a confession. I am bored of my NaNo novel. Because I suspect it is actually very terrible. While it's easy in the... More  →
Sick of Your NaNoWriMo Novel? Don't Despair, Transform It!

What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul

By ElodieNovember 19, 2013
So, NaNoWriMo is killing your soul. That’s perfectly natural—expected, even! Plot holes are appearing out of nowhere, and your characters are copping... More  →
What to Do if NaNoWriMo is Killing Your Soul

How to Sit Out NaNoWriMo

By AddisonNovember 14, 2013

So, you've decided that you are going to sit out the month-long pressure cooker that is NaNoWriMo. YOUR STORY WILL

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How to Sit Out NaNoWriMo

Music for All Your NaNoWriMo Needs

By ElodieNovember 13, 2013
What every aspiring writer needs—aside from constant snacks, caffeine, a warm blanket, your special writing pants, a cat within reach, motivation, and... More  →
Music for All Your NaNoWriMo Needs

NaNoWriMo and the Art of the First Draft

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 12, 2013
Greetings, NaNoWriMo authors-to-be, and welcome to your partway peptalk! We're nearly halfway through November, which means that if things are going well,... More  →
NaNoWriMo and the Art of the First Draft