How to survive NaNoWriMo
I know... I still haven't established a writing routine. I have been on it for four years now, and it's still not happening. I'm a... well... something.
Do romance writers have a more active sex life? Romance readers do...
Survive NaNoWriMo and a Busy Life
Christmas? Oh... I had forgotten all about THAT.
How to survive NaNoWriMo - by preparing for it before November ;-)
Preparing for NaNoWriMo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, 12, 13, 14, 15...
You get the idea. You may not write a word of the actual novel, but you may do everything else - like research, character development, collect writing prompts and inspiring images and other things to beat the Writer's Block, read, watch movies, follow the discussions in buses, read the newspapers, write the synopsis, sketch the storyline, plan the plot,
Try to remember three things.
1) you are writing 50.000 words - the first draft. It is very seldom the draft doesn't need editing. 99% of authors rewrite their draft, most of them do it several times. It is ok to write "I don't know what to write" 9000 times. Stupid, but ok :-D
2) your story doesn't need to be coherent, intelligible, the same it started as or anything. It just needs to be.
3) You can burn the thing in December if you absolutely hate it. The thing with NaNoWriMo is NOT to write a publishable, readable, enjoyable novel, but to write. Get used to the work needed for writing.
Also, you know the book you hate and think you would write better and wish you had written? That is a great idea for NaNoWriMo. Just write Twilight, Da Vinci Code or Outlander the way you wish it was written. :-)
Another interesting link
Short story writing
Some writing exercises
L.S.Russell's Novel in 100 days
Days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
What's in name by Celise Downs
Mindmapping by Judy Cullins
Procrastination by Suw Charman-Anderson
Creative Burnout by Scott Berkun
How to write a novel, collected information
Language is a virus - writing resources