Pick up your pens and grab some paper…
National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo, for short – is the annual challenge to write a 50,000 novel during the month of November. It’s become a massively popular project with centralised support and a global community. This year, several YouTubers from the BookTube community and beyond are attempting the world’s most famous novel writing challenge.
Here are seven creators embarking on their 2018 NaNoWriMo journey.
Rachael Stephen is the ultimate resource for NaNoWriMo’ers. She dedicates tons of videos to writing advice, including her annual Prep_tober videos to help viewers fully prepare for NaNoWriMo. This year, she finished Prep_tober with a NaNoWriMo survival guide, which features practical materials, media sources and items to put in your writing environment to help you be productive and happy.
If you follow Rachael’s advice, you just might be able to “win”. (The shorthand for writing the full 50,000 words.)
Rowan Ellis has revealed on Twitter she’s attempting NaNoWriMo again this year. She’s no stranger to the challenge. In 2014, she made several vlogs helping others with their novels. While a lot of Rowan’s video are on LGBTQ+ focused media and culture analysis, she’s always had a toe in the writing community and periodically makes videos about writing and reading.
Hopefully she makes a video about the novel she writes this year!
As the creator of the cosplay/comedy/original scripted series channel, NyxRising Industries, Nyx is no stranger to storytelling. On her personal channel, she talks about how she has a creative writing degree and is excited to be applying her education to a project like this.
Nyx is embarking on NaNoWriMo with a series of tips on how to win, including starting in the middle and making a visual mood board.
Jay Moussa-Mann of The Director’s Logbook is usually writing screenplays, and her channel is filled with filmmaking advice, vlogs about the process and original films. However, this year she’s also attempting NaNoWriMo, and we’re looking forward to seeing how she progresses!
Jay recently shared that she hit the 5,000 word mark on 3 November. We hope she keeps the momentum going!
While NaNoWriMo is supposed to center around starting a new novel, many use this month to motivate their current writing projects and adjust it for their own needs. Savannah Brown is doing just that by keeping the 50,000 word goal, but starting a few words ahead on the novel she’s already started writing. This book is planned to be the follow-up to Savannah’s debut novel, The Truth About Keeping Secrets, which is set for release in March 2019!
Similar to Savannah, Megan Olivier is also using NaNoWriMo to build on an existing novel. Megan is planning on vlogging her writing process this month and releasing it as a video at the end of November. While most NaNoWriMo’ers are doing it as a great way to challenge themselves, Megan has some extra motivation – she’s working to finish as many manuscripts as possible before she has her baby!
If you’re looking for the ultimate aesthetic inspiration for writing, Eva Deverell‘s channel is exactly the one you’ll want to watch. She’s created a detailed guide on plotting a novel in one page. Although, if we know ourselves, then we’ll definitely be spending more time following this guide than writing.
Eva also produces Write With Me videos that provide just the right spark of motivation.
Are you ready to start writing?
It’s not too late to begin NaNoWriMo! There’s still plenty of time to catch up on your word count and join an international community of writers from all paths of life. With videos like these to motivate and inspire you along the way, how can you not?
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