Top 5 Writing Tools To Get You Ready For National Novel Writing Month

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With November comes cooler weather, the official beginning of sweater season and Thanksgiving, along with a slew of national events like Movember for those inclined to grow a mustache and National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) for those ready to attempt to write an entire novel in 30 days.

Every November, thousands of writers worldwide participate in the online challenge. There’s no need to register — it’s more of a personal pledge. You set your pace, but the goal is the same: write a complete novel (at least 50,000 words) during the month of November. Many use the month to knock out a first draft, and then use the rest of winter to revise it into a more polished manuscript. Some famous books that began as NaNoWriMo entries include The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trimble and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, which later became a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. The next bestseller could be yours!

Will you be taking up the challenge this month? If so, we compiled of a list of the Top 5 writing tools to help you hit your goal. And while NaNoWriMo runs during November only, you can use these for any writing project during any month. Now get to writing!

 

5.) Index Cards

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Some writers map everything out in advance, some simply write and see where the story takes them. Since there’s such a short timeline to this ambitious project, index cards can come to your rescue. Use them as a tool to storyboard the novel ahead of you. If you’re trying to hit a certain word count each day, jot out notes on each card that will help guide you through how to use your roughly 1,500 per day.

If you’d rather plan to write and see where it takes you, utilize the cards to help you keep track of the story so that you don’t lose time, circling back to remember key plot points and character introductions. Stock up on a pack of physical index cards or use an app like Index Card to plot out important elements and have them at the ready even when you’re on the go.

 

4.) Moleskine Notebook

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If you’re looking to hit a ton of words in such a short period of time, it’d be nice to be able to scribble ideas as they come to you. Perhaps you have a lengthy morning commute or a spare ten minute break during your day. If you’re not down to haul out and boot up your laptop in such a short window of time, keeping a trusty Moleskine notebook by your side to use when inspiration strikes and keep track of ideas might be the perfect move for you.

Its clean design might just inspire you to crack it open in the first place. Keep in mind its pages came come in an assortment of styles from graph paper to lined to fully blank pages. Pick what will work best for your work flow.

 

3.) Pigma Micron Pen

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If you’re going for longhand, you’re going to need an ace pen. Grab yourself a Micron to pair with your Moleskine notebook. They come in a variety of colors from red to green, blue and the ever classic black. The ink inside is archival quality, so whether you’re writing out the full manuscript by hand or just scrawling notes, whatever you write will hold up for decades to come. If your novel ends up being a best seller, maybe those notes will one day hit the auction block — fully intact for any interested buyers or historians.

 

2.) Automator App

If you’re like just about anyone else, the internet can be a borderline addiction and certainly a distraction. To help you monitor your time online, you can employ a trusty app like Automator that will disable the wifi on your Mac for preset blocks of time, enabling you to hone your focus on your writing task at hand instead of browsing news and gossip in open tabs.

 

1.) HP Spectre Convertible Laptop

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If you’re a fan of handwriting but don’t want to stumble over typing everything all up at the end, perhaps you should consider using a HP Spectre Convertible Laptop. Paired with a tablet pen, you can write directly on the computer screen and it will recognize your handwriting and turn it into typewritten text. All you need to do is write out a few sample sentences and numbers so that it can learn your scrawl, and then you’re good to go!

The nice thing about this laptop in particular is that you can bend its screen back and turn it into a flat tablet, which is all the more accommodating for writing on its screen, and then flip it back into laptop position when you want to access your typed text.

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