November is National Novel Writing Month, an event in which thousands of people attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in the course of 30 days. As a once and future participant in the event, I’m a big proponent of it as a way to unlock one’s creativity and give those of us who are not inclined to run marathons or climb tall mountains a massive accomplishment to shoot for.

Last year, we published a bunch of stories about NaNoWriMo, and I encourage you to check them out—they’re as relevant today as they were in 2008. We offered tips on how to succeed at NaNoWriMo from two experts, including our own Dan Moren and contributor Nathan Alderman, both of whom are multi-time winners. We’ve also reviewed most of the Mac writing software out there.

In this video, I give you a quick tour of the tools that I’ve used during NaNoWriMo, as well as a few other novel-writing tools. There’s also a peek at a fantastic (if brutal) productivity enhancer that blocks off your Mac’s Internet connection and forces you to get some work done.

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