national novel writing month Today begins the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  NaNoWriMo “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.”  Last year almost 80,000 writers took part in this unique approach to novel writing where quality is not what you are looking for, but rather quantity.

Even if you are not taking part in NaNoWriMo, we have come across a few websites that can help any writer hone their craft.

30+ Tools for the Amateur Writer is a great list of tools for writers including dictionaries, online word processors, grammar tips, and plotting and writing tips.

7 Can’t Miss Ways to Kick-Start The Writing Habit is a list of tips, particularly for blogging, but can be used for all writing styles, to get writers into the habit of writing, especially on a regular basis.

Quick Story Idea Generator is a neat little tool that will generate, as the title suggests, story ideas.  Here is an example of what you can get:

The theme of this story: metaphorical relationship.
The main characters: humble lawman and awkward smuggler.
The major event of the story: apocalyptic event.

There are many more tools and tips out there for writers on the Internet these are just a few to get the ink flowing.