Free NaNoWriMo Prep Course!

Not only is it Autumn—who did that, by the way?—but it’s also nearly November. I know, I know, we still have October to go, but October is just a blip in the radar when you consider what comes afterward:


I know, a lot of writers write about now start to freak out. But that’s OK. Because I actually have a solution for you.

First, for those of you who have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about…

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, put on every year. It says National, but at this point, people from all over the world are participating in it.

Every November, writers shut themselves off from the world so they can pump out at least 50,000 words in 30 days, the generally accepted minimum length of a novel.

Fun fact: 50,000 words in 30 days is 1667 words a day.

But don’t panic—this is why I’m here.

NaNoWriMo Prep Course

If you sign up for my newsletter, right there that bar up at the top, then you will Get full access to my FREE Email NaNoWriMo Prep Course.

What does that mean? It means that each Monday, starting on September 28, you’ll get an email in your inbox (because, where else to emails go?) with tips and methods to prepare yourself for National Novel Writing Month. This is 5 whole weeks of lessons to start to train you so you can be ready to kick off NaNoWriMo.

The Lessons:

  • September 28: Output
    Many writers struggle when it comes to knowing how much and how fast to write. When I first started NaNo about 11 or 12 years ago, I thought I needed to write as much as possible every day. You could do that, or you could follow my tricks outlined on the 28th.
  • October 5: Character Development
    Even if you’re a Pantser, knowing your characters ahead of time can help you out. This doesn’t mean you need to know every bit about them, but just start to mull over some characters during this time, ready to throw into your story if you find yourself flailing (but you won’t flail: you’ve got this!)
  • October 12: Plot Prep
    I know, so many of you are Pantsers—and that’s totally cool. The only time I fly blind is when I go into NaNo. However, I’ve found that there are ways to get to know your world or your plot without actually planning your plot. And I’ll share those methods with you in week 3.
  • October 19: Writing Blocks
    We all have them at some point or another. This week is about talking what blocks us and how to work through them, and how to inspire us when we feel stuck.
  • October 26: Mindset
    This is one of the most important things for anyone going into writing, or anything they care about. Having the right mind set is going to be the thing that takes us to the finish line of any project or goal. This final week of the NaNoWriMo Prep Course is going give you some time to keep yourself in the right frame of mind.

Again, all you have to do is sign up using the box above, the box below, or if you want to go the fancy way, you can head on over to this link here.

Make sure you’re prepared to write your novel in 30 days at the start of November.

Remember, there are no retroactive lessons. That means that if you miss the first and second lesson because you signed up too late, you’ll get lessons 3, 4, and 5, but not lesson 1 and 2.

To make sure you get the whole course, sign up before September 28, 2020.!

I look forward to being in your inbox!


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Nicola Thompson

Born and raised in the Pacific North West (Washington State to be specific), I'm currently living on a farm, raising chickens, and writing in North Yorkshire. A former editor of Durham University's online magazine, The Bubble, I also write for the magazine Carpe Nocturne, and have several short stories published in a variety of anthologies.

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