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How to Make NaNoWriMo Work for You

October 30, 2018



Note From Rochelle


Dear Writers,


What’s getting in the way of you getting to your writing?


I’m offering a workshop in early November that will help you start and finish your writing projects. I’ll be giving away every single one of my secrets for getting writing done without the angst and drama! Mark your calendars: Core Practices for Completing Writing Projects will be held on November 7th at 5:00 PM (CT). Sign up at my workshop page.

Today, I am talking about more ways you can ditch the rules and make National Novel Writing Month Work for you!





How to Make NaNoWriMo Work for You!

by Rochelle Melander


National Novel Writing Month starts Thursday—EEK!—and that means that many of us will be jumping into a novel-writing project and ignoring our laundry, friends, and work. But what if you don’t write fiction?


Earlier this month, I wrote a post called, The Nonfiction Writer’s Guide to National Novel Writing Month. But that post was geared almost exclusively toward BOOK writers.


This post is written for any of you who want to write more but don’t necessarily have a book in mind. You can still use the energy and excitement of National Novel Writing Month to get stuff done. Here’s how:



National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) started in November and now runs all year round. The goal is to write a blog post every day for a month. So if you have always wanted to blog, this might be your chance to get into the habit of blogging regularly!


And if you don’t have your own blog, you could write posts for other people’s blogs. Or you could use the month to write your email newsletter for your readers, clients or fans. Or perhaps you have an essay or two you’ve been meaning to write? All of those can be great projects for the month!


Pro Tip: You don’t have to post your blog articles. This might be a great opportunity to create posts for a blog you plan to launch next year or an email campaign you hope to run over the holidays. And if you prefer to post less regularly, writing 30 blog posts could set you up for the first half of next year.



If you struggle to find the right thing to say or post on social media, why not challenge yourself to create a meme a day throughout the month. Use a tool like Canva to artfully display your favorite photos and quotes. When November is over, you’ll have a whole bunch of content to share with your followers.




Home Study Program

So many people I know have books, blog posts, or classes that they want to turn into a home study class. Why not take November to do just that?




If you are a working professional writer, the idea of giving up a whole month to write a book that you may never get paid for sounds ludicrous! So why not use the month to send out queries? What would happen if you wrote a query a day for the entire month? You may just increase your income!



If you are not quite ready to take on a project like writing a book or starting a blog, why not use the month for doing writing practice. Plan to write every single day of the month. If all you get stuck, make a list of:

  • The people, events, and experiences you are grateful for.
  • Your strengths and the stories behind them.
  • The unique, delicious and embarrassing moments of your life!
  • Things you want to do, places you want to visit, or food you want to try.
  • Your dreams for the future.



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