Happy NaNoWriMo from Jaimie Engle


Happy NaNoWriMo!!

No, I haven’t placed a Harry Potter spell on you. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and it serves as inspiration to write an entire novel in the month of November… or at least to try. While I could give you tips to get started, how to plan ahead and plot your book (especially because I’ve taught a course on it once…ask me about it HERE), I figure you can get all that on the NaNoWriMo website. So instead, I’d like to offer you something completely different:

How about 30 days of inspiration?

  1. Write a memory into a short story.
  2. Enjoy a coffee with an old friend.
  3. Imagine a conversation between two people you don’t know.
  4. Visit a museum, historical site, or county park and write.
  5. Take your favorite story and switch the POV character.
  6. Dress up for no reason at all.
  7. Write fan fiction.
  8. Craft something.
  9. Draw something.
  10. Dance!
  11. Sing!
  12. Visit a classroom.
  13. Visit a gravesite.
  14. Make a bucket list.
  15. Take a daytrip to a new place.
  16. Try a new food or drink.
  17. Find a magazine picture and make up a story.
  18. Pretend you are someone else and spend a day in their shoes.
  19. Invite friends for brunch and play telephone.
  20. Read something you wrote a long time ago.
  21. Now read something new.
  22. Read your favorite childhood book or one that you love today.
  23. Get outside.
  24. Spend date night dinner at a charity dinner function.
  25. Don’t sit in your usual seat.
  26. Strike up a conversation with a stranger and share one secret truth.
  27. Read your fortune cookie fortune and write a story about it.
  28. Write a love letter to anyone you want to and never send it.
  29. Write the love letter you wish someone would send to you.
  30. Be inspired by every second of every day, alone or in dear company, inside or out, whether you feel inspired or not…and just WRITE!

I hope one of these Camp NaNoWriMo ideas leaves you inspired and I wish you the best as you start your book today. I’d love to read which inspiration you connected with the most. Feel free to mention in the comments or leave your own inspirational quotes! Until next month, Happy Writing!

Jaimie Engle writes dark thrillers where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She loves weaving lore into her stories and taking her readers on wondrous adventures. Engle is a cosplayer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and speaker at schools, conferences, and colleges. She has successfully published 7 books and created WickBooks™ story-scented candles to enhance the readers experience. Support her art and follow.


  1. Woo hoo happy NaNo Day and also Happy National Author day!

    Great way to kick off November :)

  2. These are great prompts, Jamie! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

    1. My pleasure! I'm happy to inspire. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. I agree that these are great 'get going' ideas. Instead of creating 50,000 new words this month, I'm working on editing at least two unpublished books by the end of the month.

    1. I usually do "NaNoEditO" too. It's very helpful to complete the goal in November. Good luck!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! And thanks for reading and commenting.


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