Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday Synergy: NaNo Prep and Blog Awards

Hello WriMo’s!

So I’ve had a very long and unusual weekend. It started off with buying a present for a friend, went onto getting as drunk as a skunk and ending up all over Facebook in all my glory… and then came some pretty great conversations, a new good friend, and saying goodbye to an old one.

Basically, I’m emotionally spent and ready to share this week’s NaNoWriMo related posts, which will hopefully make up for the fact that Saturday Synergy has suddenly become Sunday Synergy.

Oh well.

So here’s the NaNo compilation. Also, stick around for the BLOG AWARDS!


J.D.Mader shares how he climbed the Mt. Everest for writers.

@4KidLit: Which came first: plot or character?

@Kim_Wright_W reveals why she’s doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Joel Friedlander reveals how NaNoWriMo is a rite of passage for any aspiring writer.

@12books12months poses the decade long question: to NaNo or not to Nano.

@Amanda_Rudd gets to the bottom of it. We’re all masochists at heart.


THE NANOWRIMO SONG captures the essence of NaNo. Fun!

Daniel Swensen (@surlymuse) uses 80’s movies’ quotes to take on NaNo.

SarahKetley shares yet another deadly writing sin: re-reading your work.

There are so many holidays in November! By @HaraStrife.


NaNoWriMo’s young writer program provides free workbooks for the youngsters.

NaNo for the New and the Insane: FREE EBOOK BY Lazette Gifford (@LazetteG).

Nanowrimo cheat sheet via Alexandra Sokoloff.

Don’t miss out on these colorful NaNo desktops via @imaginepageant.

Awesomely amusing NaNo wallpaper by @surlymuse.


Some basic NaNo prep before November by @indigospider.

JCRosen shares how she prepares for NaNoWriMo. (Excellent suggestions.)

@upandonmyway shares some useful links and tips.

Great resources for nano prep via @carolynecooper.

Writing Aids

Write or Die and 750 words: Great online writing tools. Try them out!

Alexandra Sokoloff’s NaNo workshop. Part 1: story.

An ingenious approach to plotting by using a Rubik’s cube.

Kate Brown gives advice on mind-mapping one’s plot. (via Vision: Resource for Writers)

@JAHite blogs a bunch of writing prompts if you ever get stuck on NaNo ideas.


Also, for those who’d like to give to the OLL, you can fundraise for donations!

NaNo links

Lisa_Bouchard’s upcoming posts and resources.

Some links and resources to consider before diving into NaNo via @easilyamused.

Some useful links from WriMo @elizabethscraig.

And finally, I’m happy to give out the first batch of WriMo’s FTW BLOG AWARDS. But first, here are the rules of the game…

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share three things about your NaNo story.
3. Pass the award along to five other NaNo bloggers.
4. Contact your chosen winners to let them know about the award.

And here are the five people I’ve chosen this week:

And here’s your award, NaNo bloggers extraordinaire!


  1. Thanks for all the work you put into collecting these! Super-helpful in easing the nervousness of this particular first-timer. :)

  2. I'm loving your collection of resources! I was going to put together something like this for my blog readers, but your lists are fantastic. So instead, I'm sending them to you. : )


  3. You're welcome. I'm very happy I could help! And don't be nervous. The WriMos FTW community is here to support and ease the nerves. *hugs*

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Debbie! I am so happy you found the resources helpful. My own NaNo experiences were always solitary, so I decided to dive right in this year and share it with everyone else. It's so nice to have WriMos-in-crime. :D

  5. Thanks for including me in this awesome round up! As a NaNo newbie, this is a suuuuper helpful round-up.

  6. Thanks, Carrie! Good luck with NaNo, you'll do great. :O)