Camp NaNoWriMo Tools

So, today’s post is a little behind.  That is because right now I have been hard at work writing.  Camp NaNo is in full swing and I have managed to make it to over 10,000 words!  So far I am on par with where I need to be to finish on time!  This is all very exciting.  And since I am so focused on NaNo, today’s post is going to be about some tools that I have found useful.  Hope you find them of use as well.

With Camp NaNo this month, the tools we like to use has been on my mind. So I would like to cover a few things that I find useful when I write.

I can’t talk about NaNo tools without of course mentioning the NaNoWriMo site along with Camp NaNoWriMo.

Index cards have to be my number one tool. I use them for almost everything. I love index card plotting and they are also great for character sheets.

To go with those index cards I use recipe or 3×5 photo pages. They keep my cards together and in order as I am working through my story.

I have also found report covers handy. You can put those photo pages and printed pages in it. Keeping my current work in progress together and easy to find.

Yarny has become my new favorite writing tool of all time. This website gives me versatility and allows me to keep great notes and outlines, without it being in the story, while still easy to pull up with the story. It shows the amount of words on the bottom of the page, for each individual section and you can set goals for your writing notebook and it shows up at the top corner of the screen adding all your snippet together. It also fades everything into the background while you are typing, showing only your words as you type. Best yet, it is free!

I am sure there are lots of other tools I use, but these are my favorite mainstays.  What about you?  What tools do you use?  What has been the most helpful to you?


One thought on “Camp NaNoWriMo Tools”

  1. Thanks for the post, whiteravensoars. One of my favorite tools is the NaNoWriMo Report Card. You can download one for November 2012 at It has a little different layout than the 2011 version I downloaded. Then I changed the dates for August Camp NaNo. You can do a search yourself and look at the newer and older versions to decide which ones you like. They are fully functional Excel spreadsheets, not read-only files. You can customize any way you like.

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