NaNoWriMo Tips to Help You Win This Year

Marisa Mohi
6 min readNov 1, 2023

There’s a crisp chill in the air. My family has started to politely argue over who will bring what to Thanksgiving. My seasonal depression is banging down the door. That must mean National Novel Writing Month is upon us, and with that, I’ll be sharing my NaNoWriMo tips to help you win this year.

For those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, let me explain.

(Also, how did you get here? Like, not that I’m asking in a shitty way. But like, if you don’t know what NaNo is, welcome…I guess? We talk about writing and tarot and books and planning and mindset here.)

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, and a bunch of quixotic little storytellers try to win NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words during the month.

It’s a lot of work, and it’s a lot fun.

NaNoWriMo Tips to Help You Win This Year

To me, NaNoWriMo isn’t so much a writing challenge as it is a battle against your greatest foe-yourself.

With that in mind, I created these NaNoWriMo tips to help you vanquish procrastination, plot bunnies, and the tendency to chug a whole pot of coffee and call it inspiration.

(Just me?)

Start With Preptober

Preptober is the month before NaNoWriMo. Which is to say, October is the month where many writers spend time gathering inspiration, building outlines, and planning their writing schedule. A Preptober must is setting up a writer’s notebook where you can house all the resources you’ll need for the work you have ahead of you.

I like to use the notebook for housing my ideas all in one place. But if you aren’t the type to outline, you can use Preptober as a time to gather some NaNoWriMo prompts. Then, when NaNoWriMo hits, you can write by the seat of your pants by selecting a prompt at zero hour.

(That very idea makes my skin crawl, and I have no idea how people do stuff without planning ahead.)

Not sure what you might need to gather before you start writing? Check out this post on what to put in your NaNoWriMo notebook. And these NaNoWriMo resources will help you get your notebook in fighting shape.



Marisa Mohi

Writer and Tarot Reader. Fueled by black coffee and notebooks with thick paper.