Six Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

It's NaNoWriMo, say whaaaaaaaaa? For the acronym-challenged, it's National Novel Writing Month, which means that anyone who decides to partake has 30 days to crank out their literary masterpiece. Think you're up for the challenge? Here are six tools to help.

Heavy Duty Door Lock

You know how you're always talking about how you're gonna lock yourself in your room until you finish that novel? Take that sentiment one step further and have someone lock you in your room. Literally. This heavy-duty cargo lock will ensure you don't escape your cave (unless you have a window and a ground-level location).$US160

Livescribe SmartPen

Livescribe's pen is a weird hybrid beast that will digitize your handwritten notes, record audio, and make simple calculations. There's even an app store. If you're interviewing people for research, or immersing yourself in a location, this pen can make your observations that much more useful in your final manuscript. $100

iA Writer for iPad

A distraction-free writing environment is the holy grail for anyone who's knee deep in a novel. With the proper apps, a tablet such as the iPad can get you one step closer to that goal thanks to the modal software design of iOS and the lack of a mouse. iA Writer is an especially simple app which gives you a blank screen and little else to activate your ADHD. Grab a cup of coffee, turn off your notifications and go to work. $1

Nuance Dragon Dictation

Nuance—the same people responsible for the beloved Siri—have an app called Dragon Dictation. When your brain is mush and you just want to get a few ideas into actual words, you can fire up this program and shout gibberish at it to your heart's content. When you're in a more coherent state of mind, you can revisit your notes and form them into something useful. $US200

Journal Bandolier

I'm sure you already have a Molskine notebook for all those random, serendipitous ideas which come to your head when you're out and about. But where do you keep your pen? It'd be a shame to let a good idea disappear into the ether because you couldn't find your pen. Keep this bandolier strapped around your notebook, which has a home for your writing utensil of choice. $US17

Griffin Pen/Stylus/Laser

And maybe you should consider Griffin's combination pen/stylus/laser, if only so that you can use the red beam of doom to burn your retinas out after days of staring at a blank page and abandoning all hope. $US50

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