01 November 2012

online finds 11/1: nanowrimo calendars

Welcome to November, writers! November is a month filled with writing challenges. The big one, of course, is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo: a month-long challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. There's also a November Poem-A-Day challenge sponsored by Writer's Digest's Robert Lee Brewer on the Poetic Asides blog. Check them both out and see which one suites you best ... or, join me in taking them both on!

This month, many of the posts on this blog will focus on keeping fellow writers (and myself) on track with NaNoWriMo. Let's face it ... it's no easy task to write a novel in a month. It's even harder when you have a job outside of your writing ... and family ... and friends ... and all the other things that demand your attention on a daily basis! Together, we'll look at different ways to stay on task, fit writing into busy lives, and keep ourselves organized for various writing tasks!

NaNoWriMo Calendars

One of the first steps to being prepared for a challenge like NaNoWriMo is having some kind of reminder of where you should be at in the challenge. One of my favorite ways of keeping track of my word count and progress is to create and use a NaNoWriMo calendar.

Searching online you'll find a wealth of NaNoWriMo calendars for you to use as a desktop background throughout the month of November. At the very least these calendars include counts to keep you on track with how many words you should have by the end of each day to meet the 50,000 word goal by November 30th. In addition, many include fun quotes from writers, tips for reaching your writing goal, and more! They're tons of fun, and always make for a fun desktop experience.

This year, I've created two NaNoWriMo calendars that I'm happy to share for anyone who wants to use them. Check them out below, and feel free to nab one, or consider searching for one that suits you better ... or even creating your own!

NaNoWriMo 2012 Calendar #1 (1600x1200)

NaNoWriMo Calendar 2012 #2 (1280x800)


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Be my NaNoWriMo Buddy and follow my progress here: Khara House's NaNoWriMo Profile
Join in NaNoWriMo here: The Official NaNoWriMo Website
Join in the November Poem-A-Day Challenge here: NovPAD @ Poetic Asides


  1. Digging the calendars! I'm doing NaNoWriMo in lieu of the Poetic Asides challenge (tried doing both at once while in grad school a couple years ago: that didn't go so well), so I will make full use.

    1. Thanks, Joseph! I'm once again trying to do both; I admit I'm already starting to feel the writing "pinch"!

    2. I did manage to finish Submit-O-Rama, which cleared up a lot of headspace. Maybe if I hit 50,000 words early, I'll spend all of the last few days of November rushing through and backlogging a bunch of poems. ;)


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