Top Tips for NaNoWriMo in 2023

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Gabriella Goddard

Gabriella Goddard

Gabriella is the founder of brainsparker app and the author of "Gulp! The 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge."

Top Tips for NaNoWriMo in 2023

You may have heard of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo – an annual writing challenge that takes place every November with the goal of hitting 50,000 words.

To begin with, it’s a great creativity exercise! With time-based challenges like this, they encourage you to get the words down on the page without making them perfect. 

Plus, there’s a social aspect to it too. You’ll be writing alongside thousands of fellow writers, and you’ll be part of a global community who cheer each other on, offer support, and even host events for you to meet and write with other people.

Finally, if you complete the official NaNoWriMo challenge, you’ll get exclusive digital badges and a printable certificate, not to mention special discounts and goodies from NaNoWriMo’s sponsors.

It’s safe to say that a challenge like NaNoWriMo, and the community spirit that comes along with it, is a great way to boost your motivation.

But when you hit a wall, it can feel like the end of the road, and it might be difficult to pick yourself back up again. Luckily, the brainsparker app is the perfect companion to help get your creative juices flowing again. 

Here’s how brainsparker app can help fuel your creativity and help you achieve those writing goals.

free packs

Quickly get into your writing groove by using the prompts in the “ignite pack” as story starters for your writing warm ups. And when you feel blocked, swipe through the prompts in the “inspire pack” to reignite your creative mojo. The coaching questions in the “imagine pack” are great for getting clear on your personal creative vision and your big “why?” You just never know what they might spark!

mindset packs

Big creative challenges are more than just putting pen to paper – you have to prepare yourself mentally to be able to write freely and without constraint. The spark cards in our mindset packs* will help you overcome blocks, tap into your inner depths, and keep your motivation high as you move forward on your creative journey. (* included in vip pass)

writing packs

Great stories are made up of exciting or intriguing plots, believable settings, and well-written characters. If you need inspiration for any of these elements, we have spark card packs for all of them. There are 100s of prompts in our writing packs* to spice up your plots, craft captivating conversations, create compelling scenes, and develop unforgettable characters. (* included in vip pass)

daily sparks

To boost your creativity throughout the day, just schedule up to three daily sparks and we’ll send you a prompt randomly picked from the “ignite pack.” They are perfect reminders to get some writing done, especially on days when you might be struggling (or you’ve simply forgotten to set some time aside to write that day.)

home screen widget

Creative inspiration is only a glance a way with our new widget. Add it to your homescreen and it’ll remind you every time you pick up your phone that it’s time to let your creative muse strike. Learn more about adding the brainsparker widget here.

Now that you’ve got a taster of what NaNoWriMo entails and how you can use the brainsparker app to help you, why not give it a go?

Join the NaNoWriMo challenge and announce your project.

Download the brainsparker app. (iOS users)

Play with the online spark cards (Android users)

And good luck from all of us at brainsparker!

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