Participate In National Novel Writing Month - And Get Support At These 5 Sites!

Tomorrow kicks off National Novel Writing Month, which many know better as NaNoWriMo. During November thousands of authors (both published an aspiring) set their pens to paper — or fingers to keyboards — to write 50,000 words, which equals approximately 175 pages worth of story. When you aren’t busy writing, you can surf over to the NaNoWriMo website for tips about planning your novel, to make connections with local writers and get encouragment from published authors. But what are some other (free) Internet spots to check out if you’re suffering from writers block or simply craving some NaNoWriMo encouragement? Check out some of our favorites:

Protagonize: If you register for this site, it will connect you with over 17,800 authors living all around the word. The site promotes itself as a spot for creating collaborative fiction. There you can read or write stories, contribute to group works, follow stories (and authors) as they emerge from the inspiration-ether and get writing tips. And of course, at Protagonize you can also comment on any story, chapter or author profile that you see – and follow the conversations others are having as well!
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Nerdfighting and NaNoWriMo: This writing group requires you to register at Nerdfighters.com, a site that identifies itself as “A Place where nerds gather and play. We fight to increase awesome and decrease suck.” This community might be the perfect place to go if you enjoy any sort of “nerd” activities or interests, say, for example, excessive amounts of reading. 
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P2PU: NaNoWriMo 2011: At P2PU you can work with your fellow writers to complete tasks, critique others and contribute to a supportive writing environment. One day ahead of the start of NaNoWriMo there are already several people participating in this online group — and two tasks that interested writers can begin working on!
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Storywonk: At this site you can join others looking to gain a little bit of extra support during the coming month’s writing spree. The site is dedicated to helping authors improve their writing skills and craft. Storywonk was created by authors Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens last November. Today, in addition to their helpful forums, Storywonk is a place for you to also find writing classes, editorial services, podcasts and more!
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Figment’s NaNoWriMo Support Group: This site is geared towards young authors who will be writing in NaNoWriMo this November. Even though the month hasn’t started yet, they already have 20 different NaNoWriMo-inspired discussions going on. The topics cover everything from how are you going to begin your story, to how to make more believable worlds and a discussion about hitting your daily word count.
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And one more for good luck:

NaNoWriMo Monthly Meetup Groups: This online site is the perfect spot for writers looking to meet in the flesh. With a handy, interactive map from Bing, you can take a look at writing groups across the United States (and it includes a few in Canada and Europe), which are open to new members. Simply select your physical location and you’ll be redirected to a group’s website for more information.
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We want to know, did we miss any of your favorite websites and forums to spend time online while you aren’t writing during NaNoWriMo? Let us know in the comments below! And for more tips and tricks that will help you master the craft of writing, be sure to check out RT’s Aspiring Author Page!