National Novel Writing Month

November is the best month! It’s NANOWRIMO! To watch all of our National Novel Writing Month videos, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific NaNo video, use the list below or the search bar.

#NaNoWriMo2016 Prep Chat

Join the WordNerds as they prepare for National Novel Writing Month 2016!

#NaNoWriMo2016 Week 1 Check-In/Write-In

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds celebrate the end of NaNo week 1, and do some word sprints!

#NaNoWriMo2016 Week 2 Check-In/Write-In

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds share NaNoWriMo advice and do some word sprints!

#NaNoWriMo2016 Week 3 Check-In/Write-In

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds share NaNowriMo Week 3 advice, and do some word sprints!

#NaNoWriMo2016 Week 4 Check-In/Write-In

In the final week of National Novel Writing Month 2016, the WordNerds host one more virtual write-in and answer your burning NaNo questions.

#ProjectWriteTube Tips for Catching Up on NaNoWriMo

Kellie Sheridan participates in #ProjectWriteTube to help get ready for NaNoWriMo.

5 Books for NaNo Prep

Meghan Jashinsky shares five books that can help you prepare for NaNoWriMo.

5 Last-Minute NaNo Tips

Desiraye Williams shares five more NaNoWriMo tips.

5 Things to do Before NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is less than two weeks away for Emma Gisclair, and she talks about five life-related things that she plans to do to prepare for NaNo.

A Short NaNo Reading Break

Emma Gisclair shares some books that are great for reading during NaNoWriMo.

And So It Begins

E. Latimer talks about self-imposed NaNoWriMo pressure and how to overcome it.

Caught Up

Emma Kate WAS behind in NaNoWriMo. Was. Here’s how she made a comeback.

Check-In and Dealing with Comparison

Emma Gisclair checks in on how your word count is doing and talks about the dangers of comparing your word count to someone who is doing “better” than you.

Completing Goals Slowly

Helen Powers stops by to talk about reaching your goals slowly, or not reaching them at all.

Desiraye’s Plan for NaNo

Desiraye Williams shares her plan of attack for National Novel Writing Month!


Meghan Jashinsky provides three questions you can ask to determine whether your distraction needs attention now, or if it can wait until after you write.

Doing Revisions During NaNo

E. Latimer talks about how to participate in NaNoWriMo when you have to focus on revisions.

Don’t Abandon Your NaNoWriMo Story

Kellie Sheridan doesn’t want you to give up on your story just yet. Getting to THE END is so worth it!

Don’t Panic!

Desiraye Williams talks about being halfway through November and pushing onward regardless of your NaNoWriMo word count.

End of NaNoWriMo

Meghan Jashinsky does an end of NaNo evaluation and encourages you to do the same.

Failing NaNoWriMo and Adjusting Goals

Meghan Jashinsky talks about failing hard core at NaNoWriMo, NaNoReDo, and setting new goals post-November.

Falling Behind in NaNo?

Desiraye Williams gives some tips for if you find yourself falling behind in NaNoWriMo.

Falling Behind? Here’s a Pep Talk!

Kellie Sheridan wants you to know that there’s still time to meet your NaNo goals. Don’t stress just yet!

Finishing a Draft, NaNo, and Other Creepy Things

Meghan Jashinsky gives an update on what’s going on in her writing life. How’s your NaNo prep going? Read any good books lately?

Finishing NaNo

Emma Gisclair shares some suggestions for getting words down in the last few days of National Novel Writing Month. No matter what your worrd count, you are awesome!

First Day of NaNoWriMo Write-In

Join Meghan Jashinsky, Kyra Nelson, Kellie Sheridan, Erica Crouch, Emma Gisclair, and E. Latimer as they kick off NaNoWriMo 2015 the only way they know how–with word sprints!

Forget All the Rules (In November)

Kellie Sheridan gives you permission to forget all of those pesky rules about writing during NaNo.

Getting Ready to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Kellie Sheridan talks about how stoked she is to prepare for NaNoWriMo and provides some tips to use now to help you to succeed in November.

Getting Started on the NaNoWriMo Website

Meghan Jashinsky walks you through creating a National Novel Writing Month account, getting your novel set up, and shows you her favorite features on the NaNoWriMo website.

Getting Your NaNo Word Count In

E. Latimer talks about how to make sure you hit your NaNo word count goals each day.

It’s NaNoWriMo!

On this first day of NaNoWriMo, the WordNerds share their favorite tips for National Novel Writing Month.

It’s the Last Day of #NaNoWriMo!

Join the WordNerds as they celebrate the last day of National Novel Writing Month 2016!

Last Day of NaNoWriMo and Being Thankful

Calyn Morgan talks about all of the various mental places you might be on the last day of National Novel Writing Month and tells you that you ROCK.

Losing NaNo Is Okay!

Desiraye Williams wants you to know that it’s okay if you don’t win NaNoWriMo.

Making My NaNo Characters in the Sims!

Desiraye Williams makes her NaNoWriMo characters in the Sims for a little extra inspiration!

NaNo 2018 Write-In Schedule!

Desiraye Williams shares the NaNoWriMo 2018 write-in schedule. 1st: November 1st at 7pm EST (NaNoWriMo Channel) 2nd: November 4th at 4pm EST (WordNerds Channel) 3rd: November 11th at 7:30pm EST (WordNerds Channel) 4th: November 17th at 2pm EST (NaNo Channel) 5th: November 18th at 7:30pm EST (Word Nerds Channel) 6th: November 25th at 7:30pm EST … Continue reading NaNo 2018 Write-In Schedule!

NaNo and Wattcon

E. Latimer talks about NaNoWriMo and attending Wattcon and getting to see writing friends!

NaNo Check-In

Meghan Jashinsky has a NaNoWriMo check-in and shares some ideas to keep you pushing through if you’re behind.

NaNo Prep for Plotters AND Pantsers

Meghan Jashinsky shares some resources that can help you prepare for NaNoWriMo whether you are a plotter or a pantser.


Kellie Sheridan knows it isn’t November, but still thinks you should pick a day to dedicate solely to your writing and not worry so much about the specifics.

NaNoWriMo 2016 Writing Sprints!

Kellie Sheridan shares the schedule of write-ins and word sprints for the NaNoWriMo 2016 season.

NaNoWriMo Check-In

Meghan Jashinsky wants to know how week 3 of NaNo is going for you, and lets you know how it’s going for her.

NaNoWriMo Has Begun!

National Novel Writing Month has officially begun, and Kellie Sheridan couldn’t be more excited!

NaNoWriMo Inspiration

Calyn Morgan talks about some ways to get yourself inspired during NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo is Over! Now What?

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how NaNo is over, and what you should do with your novel now!

NaNoWriMo Prep Talk

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds get pumped for NaNo 2014!

NaNoWriMo Prep Talk 2015!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds get excited for NaNo 2015 and answer all of your burning questions about how to get prepared for the month of mayhem.

NaNoWriMo Reading Recommendations

Kellie Sheridan recommends some books that are great ones for when you want to keep reading, but also it’s NaNoWriMo and you are creatively exhausted.

NaNoWriMo Success Tips!

Kellie Sheridan shares some of her best tips for succeeding this November.

NaNoWriMo vs. School

Desiraye Williams talks about whether NaNoWriMo and school are exclusive, or if you can make both work.

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Check-In/Write-In

Join Meghan Jashinsky, Kellie Sheridan, Emma Gisclair, and E. Latimer as they evaluate how week 1 on NaNoWriMo 2015 went and host more word sprints.

One Week to Go!

With one week left in NaNoWriMo 2015, Kellie Sheridan wants you to make the most of it!


Meghan Jashinsky tries to get you psyched for this Sunday’s chat about plotting. There will be something for plotters and pantsers alike! Are you a plotter, a pantser, or something in between?

Prepping Early for NaNoWriMo

Meghan talks about having beaten her writing slump, and what goals she’s setting now to help prepare for National Novel Writing Month in November.

Procrastination, NaNoWriMo, and YOU

Calyn Morgan talks about your brain on procrastination and how NaNo helps you avoid procrastinating.

PWP #NaNoWriMo 2016 Write In 2

The WordNerds and Patchwork Press team join up again to get to work writing words for NaNoWriMo.

PWP #NaNoWriMo 2016 Write In 3

Join the Patchwork Press team and the WordNerds for another NaNoWriMo write-in!

Quick Reads for NaNoWriMo

Emma Kate shares some book recs for when you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or are otherwise too busy for longer stories.

Reading During NaNo

Desiraye Williams talks about whether it’s even possible to read books during NaNoWriMo.

Refilling your Creative Well

E. Latimer talks about how taking a break can inspire you to keep working when you get stuck.

Revisions and Waiting

E. Latimer talks about the importance of patience in the writing industry. Don’t rush the things you can control!

Ride the Inspiration Wave

Emma Kate talks about those times when your inspiration is high, and how to optimize that time so you can be as productive as possible.

Stop Making Excuses and Write!

Erica Crouch thinks you need to stop making excuses and get those words on the page!

Stuck in the Middle

Emma Gisclair has some encouragement for anyone who’s feeling down about the middle of NaNoWriMo or the middle of their draft.


Meghan Jashinsky talks about the importance of taking breaks during NaNoWriMo.

Taking an Inspiring Break

Emma Gisclair talks about taking necessary breaks so that you don’t get burned out.

Ten Tips and Tricks for NaNoWriMo

Calyn Morgan talks about the insanity that is NaNo, and shares some tricks to help get through it.

The End Is Near

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how they’re doing as the end of NaNo looms overhead.

The Second Week Slump

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about the inevitable second-week-of-November slump.

Three Ghosts That Haunt You During NaNoWriMo

Meghan Jashinsky gets in the Halloween/Supernatural spirit to talk about the three ghosts that’ll haunt you during NaNoWriMo, as well as how to hunt those ghosts.

Three Ways to Prep for NaNoWriMo

Emma Kate shares three things you can do to prepare for National Novel Writing Month.

To Edit or Not to Edit

Calyn Morgan talks about whether or not you should edit your story before sending it out at the end of November (HINT: NEVER SEND OUT YOUR FIRST DRAFT TO AGENTS OR EDITORS 🙂 ).

Trash Your Thesaurus

Meghan Jashinsky talks about why you should step away from the thesaurus.

What Do I NEED for NaNoWriMo?

Today Meghan talks about her necessities for a successful National Novel Writing Month. What are your NaNoWriMo must-haves? THE NANOWRIMO WEBSITE:

What Idea to Use for NaNoWriMo

Kellie Sheridan talks about how to decide what story to write for National Novel Writing Month.

What Next? Continuing Writing Post-NaNoWriMo

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds celebrate the end of National Novel Writing Month, share their word counts, and discuss how to keep your writing energy high even though the month of madness is over.

What to Read During #NaNoWriMo

Kellie Sheridan shares some recommendations of books to read during National Novel Writing Month.

Why Aren’t You Writing: A NaNoWriMo Pep talk

Emma Gisclair encourages you to participate in National Novel Writing Month–you can totally do it!

Winning NaNo, Reading Books

Meghan Jashinsky gives her writing/reading life update.

Winning When You’re Really Behind

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to win NaNoWriMo when you have fallen significantly behind.

Writing Again After Nano & Falling Prey to SNIS

Rachel Sargeant talks about how post-NaNo is the PERFECT time to fall prey to shiny new idea syndrome.

YALLFest Panels (and NaNo Check-In)

E. Latimer talks about the amazing time she had at YALLFest and talks about the last couple of weeks of NaNo.