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Handy Tools for National Novel Writing Month

There a few tools that will help you along your writing frenzy during National Novel Writing Month. These are some that I find useful.

The one tool I use year to year is a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my word count, goals, and how much I need to write to stay caught up to my goals. I downloaded it from someone way back in 2005 and I have no idea where I got it from so I aplologize now for not being about to give proper credit. Here is a link to the Excel spreadsheet located at Google Docs. I don't know how to change the date in the projected finish date formula. If you know how I can fix it, please email me and I will definitely do it!

Spreadsheet is here

This is the book written by the founder of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty. He provides inspiration for each step of the way!

Are you stuck on something about your character(s)? What should your character do next? Here are some Character Questionnaires to spark an idea. I have printed these out and keep some handy on the desk to write on.

Character Questionnaires from Gotham Writer's Group

Here is a fun Character Name Generator.

I LOVE Holly Lisle's website and workshops. She has a free course that I highly recommend working through during October to prepare yourself!
Create Your Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course.

If you get really bored or stuck here are 150 Tools For Writers

And lastly, I am testing this nifty little software gem that so many people I know have used and are using. it is called yWriter and is a handy dandy writing organization tool. It stores many writing projects and helps you get organized.

Do you have an hints, tips or tools you can share with us? Find us in the forums and share your story!

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