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Here’s how you can kill it at NaNoWriMo – and finally write that dream novel

Give those creative writing juices an organizational boost!

If you didn’t know already, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which is a writing contest where writers write 50,000 words in a month. The young writer’s program allows students to set their own word count goal. It’s good for students who have a lot on their plate but still want to attempt to write a book in a month.

NaNoWriMo isn’t just for amateur writers. John Green participated in NaNoWriMo in a video that he announced in 2009. In addition, the first three novels in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer began during NaNoWriMo. Meyer discussed participating in NaNoWriMo in this interview. Their advice is helpful to watch and listen to when you need a little motivation – particularly in this last stretch of NaNoWriMo. In addition, here are some great apps to use if you are struggling during this final stretch of NaNoWriMo!

Here are some great apps to use if you are participating in NaNoWriMo:

1. Work Flowy

workflowy via itunes
workflowy via ITunes 

This app lets you outline your novel. Outlining is especially beneficial for new writers in creating structure through a beginning, middle, and ending of their story. The app has a very minimalistic template that makes it easy to follow. Such a template is especially helpful when trying to keep track of changes in your documents, as well as seeing how your work is coming together.

2. Grammarly Keyboard

Grammarly via iTunes
Grammarly via iTunes

This app is perfect if you want something that will automatically correct your grammar. Technically, NaNoWriMo is supposed to help you get your first draft out there instead of focusing on the editing process, but if you want something that will help you to stay on track then use Grammarly.

Even if you’re not into writing novels, this is the perfect app for school or work. It keeps track of everything to make sure you don’t make any obvious grammar errors. It is great for when you want to email someone at work or for something school related such as asking someone to write a letter of recommendation for you. 

3. Everywriter- Write the novel, book

everywriter via iTunes
everywriter via iTunes

This app allows you to write, edit, and publish a novel. It provides the user with tools to design a stunning cover and edit the book once it is completed. In addition, it has an offline mode which is perfect for when you don’t have wifi or if you are traveling.  It offers different color options for the novels that you can publish using the app.

In this app, there are four different categories: Novel, ebook, script, and talk (texting stories). You can also import your novel from your Google Drive or iCloud in order to edit it on the app. You can also read other user’s stories.

Each of these apps has its own pros and cons, but all of them will help you to plan or write out your first draft. Keep in mind that your writing doesn’t have to be perfect (and what does that mean anyway?). NaNoWriMo can be a very daunting task, but these apps will help to make your life easier during this month.

That said, you should aim for at least 50,000 words this month – unless you’re participating in the Young Writer’s program. In that case, focus on the word count goal that you set for yourself.

Good luck with your novel!