As it's the first of November, all around the world, people are taking to their notepads, the laptops, their desktops, and for a few, probably, their typewriters, all with a goal of writing a 50,000 word novel draft in the thirty days of November.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has been part of my writing year since 2011. As someone who has apps for sale to assist writers, it's always been in my consciousness that they may be able to help people with the planning for these thirty days. It's the reason why I wrote many of my own apps: to help motivate me to keep going, to help me plan through the tough spots, and to help me see the whole of the story in my mind before I sit down to write.
It can be a real struggle to get started - staring at that blank page or screen, so I always recommend planning some parts of your novel before writing. I know it varies for other people - and there's no one 'best' way to write a novel, but I think even some simple planning can really help make the difference.
So, to everyone attempting NaNoWriMo this year, good luck. I hope it helps you focus on a story you love, and gives you something you can really be proud of once you've finished.
I'm currently writing Mind Games, and may also do a revision of Eight Minutes, so my November is already packed.
Wherever you are, whatever genre you're writing, I hope you enjoy telling the story.