It is now day eleven on your NaNoWriMo 2021 journey. Things may have been a bit rocky at first but now you’re finding your groove. Keeping on track to reach 50,000 words may finally seem like an attainable goal. You can make the month’s deadline, no problem. Still, having resources at the ready if you become stuck can be a Godsend. Here are a few free writing resources to help you on your NaNoWriMo 2021 journey.
Getting into your word-flow groove can be difficult at times. To reach the number of words per day you will need to make your daily goal, as well as your month-long goal, may require a tally. Staying on task is hard, this tool will help make it a bit easier. The Omnicalculator can help! Not only will it give you the average word count you must reach per day, but it can also help track new word count goals if you fall behind.
Looking for alternative words to spice up your novel? Consider using the Urban dictionary a free writing resource that gives some juice. Type any word into the search bar and find a list of alternative contemporary words/meanings to give your writing a boost. For example, instead of describing a person as being a man of the streets, you can say he has street cred.
Eventually, just like in High School English class, everyone needs a good thesaurus. If you need looking to find a synonym for words you’ve used several times prior, a thesaurus will give you that option. It also groups words that are similar but generally doesn’t use any slang, nor give meanings to the words.
If grammar is not your forte, Grammarly can be a blessing. This is my kind of app. It will check for grammatical errors in your text whether a novel, a tweet, Facebook/Instagram post, or message. For instance, it can look for overuse of commas. (I love commas. I put them everywhere to the chagrin of my editors.) A free version of the app is available, however, in-app purchases are possible to upgrade. Choose what you need to fit your writing game.
Ambient sound can help increase your focus, and up productivity. What a soothing way to reach your daily word goal! One of many uniquely beautiful free writing resources you might think of traditionally.
Whether you’re a poet or prosaic writer, having a rhyming dictionary on-hand is, well, handy. Rhyme Zone‘s a great one for helping you find exact rhymes in one, two, three, or more syllables, as well as near-rhymes for your working flow.
Sometimes not becoming distracted by time-killers is difficult. If you, like me, need the discipline to put down social media and write, this app is for you. StayFocusd may help to limit your distractions while you strive for that attainable goal of 50,000 words this November. You’ve got this!
Although there are many sites that help writers be successful, the NaNoWriMo calendar is going to be the most helpful to you. Refer to it daily. It provides a visual representation of how many words you have written or need to write per day as a visual motivation. Even if you need to do a bit of catch-up throughout the month, it will be your bestie. Consider it as a word vision board. It’s one of the best tools you may have in your arsenal.
The 50,000-word goal is attainable with just a little prep, some online tools, and fierce determination. Your novel awaits completion. The writer’s journey continues, and with this arsenal of online tools, you’re on a path to success.
Looking for more writing inspiration? Check out these other offerings from the MockingOwls.
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- Writing Games
- Get That Heart Pumping
- From Locked-Away to Locked-Down
- What I Love About the Genre I Write
- NaNoWriMo Tips for Success
Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.