How to Make the Most of Your NaNoWriMo Buddies

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NaNoWriMo Buddies serve many purposes. They are there to encourage us, bounce ideas off of, to gain insight from and to be encouraged by – and we are their to do the same for them in return.

Here are some tips that will help you make the most out of your relationships with your buddies. They are a resource for you and the writing challenge you’re invested in. They’re invested too, and can benefit just as much from open lines of communication.

Making the Most Out of Your Buddy List

  • Don’t be tempted to send out open invites to buddy up with just anyone. I made that mistake yesterday before thinking it through. You will make a mess of your list and probably won’t benefit as much as you would if you take some time and do some vetting.
  • Connect with people who you share your genre, inspire you, or that you’ve gotten to know through the forums.
  • When someone ads you as a buddy, you can return the favor by selecting there name and adding them back.
  • Don’t add everyone. You want to keep your buddy list manageable and fill it with people who will help you to succeed.
  • Take the time to check out your prospective buddies bio’s, novels, and excerpts.
  • Reach out to your new buddy, make it personal.
  • Check your buddies word counts and cheer them on.
  • Check your NaNo email every day.

Do You Have Any Buddy Advice?


I am looking for new buddies…

Come check out my profile on NaNoWriMo: Michelle Rene Goodhew

I have been writing since grade school. I am a published poet but no novels yet, I have several stories I started but never got around to finishing. I am new to my novels genre and am actively reading in that genre for insight. I have worked as a copywriter in the publishing industry for about three years now. I write for this blog and am a member of the writing team for Dustin Meyer’s website The Evolutionary Mind where I post content on writing that serves to educate and inspire. I am a professional book cover designer and illustrator by day for Mundus Media Ink.

This is my first year with NaNoWriMo and I’m totally excited. I am writing a YA novel that falls within the genres of paranormal, fantasy, drama, coming of age, thriller, adventure, horror. The main theme of the book is death. Other major themes in the series include:

  • isolation
  • displacement
  • facing darkness
  • self-preservation
  • finding a tribe
  • character development

I am a plotter when it comes to writing books and have mapped out my story for NaNoWriMo. I have it laid down all the way to individual scene sketches, but am trying to leave some room for adjustments. I still have some character development to work on and add to my story arc. I think that character archetypes and their development is where the magic is, and I will make use of that with the story I’m writing.

I need buddies who are willing to give me open and honest advice without worrying about hurting my feelings. If I’m doing something wrong, well that’s great, it gives me the opportunity to learn something new.

I will be posting here about NaNo three days a week to aid my fellow NaNo’s and to learn more about NaNoWriMo myself.

I am available to bounce ideas off of or whatever help I can provide, just contact me and we’ll see if we’re a good match.

There’s much more to see on my bio, and novel pages…come have a look 🙂

Come check out my profile on NaNoWriMo: Michelle Rene Goodhew


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