National Novel Writing Month

The NaNoWriMo community on Medium. We share and support each other through November's madness and beyond. We welcome submissions about NaNoWriMo, fiction writing, and promoting novels.

Julie Russell

Director of IT @Medium, Board Member @NaNoWriMo, Member of the SF Alabama Street Writers’ Group. Opinions are all, and always mine.

Julie Russell

Alias for my alter ego

Latest Posts

How I Conquered Writer’s Block and Won NaNoWriMo 2018

This year, 2018, was my first ever year of participating in National Novel Writing Month. I had only heard about it in 2017, when my…

Trusting in “The Absurd”

Take time to explore your story in a laboratory for the irrational.


The Mountaintop takes place primarily during the first four days of April 1968, a period that begins with LBJ’s announcement not to seek…

Thank Your Muse: Gratitude Enhances Creativity

If you don’t appreciate the beauty of the flame, you take away its oxygen.

Just Say, “Yes and . . .” to Your NaNoWriMo Novel

The principles of improv acting apply to writing as well.

Before, During and After NaNoWriMo: Six tips for finishing your novel

November is all about busy, from holidays to long weekends, football to the advanced inescapability of Christmas music everywhere. There’s…

The Secret to Telling Your Story: Embrace Vulnerability

A good story occurs when an author travels in search of truths that otherwise go untold.

NaNoWriMo Mixtape: Found On Medium

Posts to read during idle moments, and in between writing sprints.

Too much work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Creativity flourishes with a spirit of playfulness.


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