Find Time for NaNoWriMo

Write a novel in 30 days - or have fun trying.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (31 ratings)
2,468 students
Find Time for NaNoWriMo
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (31 ratings)
2,468 students
You'll have a plan for your novel
You'll have created some believable characters
You'll get a head start with NaNoWriMo


  • Interest in NaNoWriMo
  • Interest in writing a novel over 30 days
  • The ability to write fluently

Every year, thousands of people 'win' NaNoWriMo. In other words, they manage to write 50,000 words in 30 days during the month of November. What's their secret? How do they write a book so quickly? Are they crazy? The answers to those questions are: you're about to find out, they break it into small steps, and yes, possibly. If you'd like a guide to winning at NaNoWriMo, from a published novelist, you're in the right place. I've deliberately kept this course short because if you're doing NaNoWriMo, you'll want to get going as quickly as possible. Please note, this course is unofficial and not affiliated to NaNoWriMo. Want to find the time for NaNoWriMo? I'll see you inside the course.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to take part in National Novel Writing Month
5 sections • 36 lectures • 56m total length
  • Welcome to Find Time for NaNoWriMo
  • You don't need a course on NaNoWriMo
  • Reasons NOT to do NaNoWriMo
  • What is NaNoWriMo and How to Get Started
  • What we're going to cover
  • The Maths
  • Actions to take now
  • Anything else you'd like to know about Finding Time for NaNoWriMo?
  • How to Set Up a Powerful Writing System
  • Optimizing your writing time and writing space
  • Smart Writing
  • Actions to take now
  • An Easy-to-Learn Time Management Technique
  • Scenes: the Building Blocks of Your Novel
  • Scenes: The Maths
  • Learn Freewriting
  • Actions to take now
  • Motivation
  • Books that will help you with NaNoWriMo
  • Actions to take now
  • Put aside time to plan your novel
  • How to get started with your plan
  • An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Planning Your Novel
  • Beginning, Middle and End: Timings
  • Beginning, Middle and End: More Detail
  • Actions to take now
  • Summing Up Part One
  • Summing Up: Narrative Structure and Character Questions
  • Thank you and Goodbye
  • Writing the End of a Novel: Tie Up Those Loose Threads
  • Finding time to finish your NaNoWriMo novel
  • An invitation to take part in my other Udemy courses (coupon codes in resources)
  • The best time to plant a tree
  • Habit stacking
  • Your Writing Calendar Challenge
  • I need your help!

Writer and teacher
Louise Tondeur
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  • 26,888 Students
  • 6 Courses

I've published two novels with Headline Review,The Water’s Edge and The Haven Home for Delinquent Girls , and I've been teaching for 25 years. I've also published a book on time management, a short story collection and several writing guides. I help creative people find time to write amongst the hectic-ness of everyday life.