Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Logo courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

Last week, you decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. Congratulations! This week we are looking at resources that you can use to help you plot out your novel, develop your characters, and more! Make sure to hit "Read More" for all the resources as well as this week's assigment. 

Library Books

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing: Looking for a quick, humorous, light read on writing? Would an illustrated book help? Pick up Elmore Leonard's book then to get you on the path of creating believable characters fast!

The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters: How do you make your characters live and breathe? What are their realistic traits, ticks, and vices that bring them to life? Marc McCutcheon opens with an introduction to believable characters and then gives you the tools (mainly lists of traits) to help make your character a real person. 

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction: Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer prize winning author, taught a series of workshops about how he writes. He compiled his lectures into an intense how-to-book on the writing process. 

Library Magazines

The Writer's Magazine: Each month's issue of this publication has short, information-packed tips and strategies on everything related to writing. 

Writer's Digest: Discover how to work on the craft of writing and after you have finished your novel, how to think about marketing it. 


NaNoWriMo Forums: Want to talk with other NaNo participants? Need suggestions for your story? Look in the official NaNo forums!

Fairfield County NaNoWriMo Forum: Want to hang out with other NaNo participants who are just as excited about NaNoWriMo as you are? Looking to join a plotting session or a kick-off party? Then look to the local NaNo forum! 

Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers: Martha Alderson has taught numerous writing workshops. She also offers a YouTube video series on how to plot a novel.

Writer's Digest: Not only a magazine, a full website offers daily writing prompts and other articles to help you like the Four Story Structures that Dominate Novels.

Writer Unboxed: Offers a mix of practical writing advice and interviews with authors who give insight into their writing process. 

Assignment for this week

Get started on thinking about your plot and characters. If a workbook would help, you can leaf through one of these Young Writer Workbooks for further help. Next week we will be looking at writing tools to help you get your story down on paper or on the screen. 

Got any questions? Please ask in the comments!