2016 NaNoWriMo Prep

Yes, in seven short days, NaNoWriMo is coming. I don’t know about you, but I love reading NaNo prep posts all year round. They’re useful for whenever you’re writing a novel (not just in November). I like learning about how other writers plan for their novels; I find it helps give me ideas to prepare. Of course, some of you may be tired of NaNo posts. Read on anyway, because chocolate.


So, what this post is going to cover:

*How I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo

*How I’m plotting my novel

*Some awesome links to helpful NaNo posts

NaNoWriMo Prep

What’s the difference between prepping for NaNoWriMo and preparing for your novel? Some might say none, but there are some differences.

  1. You’re going to need to be writing every day.

I wrote a post about this on Girls Writing For God’s Glory last month. Especially now, you should be writing, no matter what it is. My days are unpredictable, so I don’t have a specific time to write (though I really should try. I write when I can.)

How much are you going to be writing for NaNo each day? I challenge you, write those many words a day this final week of October.

2. You’re writing a novel, which requires rewards.

This isn’t necessary, but many people get foods such as chocolate, hot coccoa, coffee and more as rewards for writing. What I do when I need to focus is I put on music, but I can only listen to it while I’m working, not getting distracted.

Novel Prep

I enjoy sorting all my prep together. In the past, I’ve used a binder. I’m using WikidPad this year, which is a little complicated to use at first, but it’s really easy to find information on as it comes up in your novel.

What I Have so far for Novel Prep:

General Outline– I use a few words for each section of my novel. Each section will probably add up to one to three chapters. This way, I’m not conformed to one idea if more come up as I write, but I’m not completely lost if they don’t.

November’s Problems– I thought up all the reasons I would stop writing in November and wrote them down, then came up with solutions.

Known Characters– Just what it sounds like. This is a list of characters I know are in the novel and their purpose.

Names to Use– When writing novels, I often find myself adding random characters I did not plan on, heaven knows why. So, I wrote I list of names that fit with my story so I’m not stuck coming up with a name for five minutes I could be writing.

What I Know and Don’t Know– The first part is a few paragraphs of the general idea of the plot and twists and backstory. The next part is mostly like possible things I can use as plot twists, mini holes in the story and foreshadowing.

Character Interviews– I have interviews for my two main characters and my friend and I have interviewed each other’s characters, even minor ones, IRL (it’s very fun. I highly recommend it.).

Not Finished:

Goals– This is what I’m working now. I’m using the questions at Go Teen Writers for my characters’ goals. (Linked below)

Backstory Writing– Basically, writing out important things that have happened to my characters before the novel in the form of a short story.

Storyworld: I probably should have started writing this down sooner, but a lot of it is planned in my head. Jill Williamson’s Storyworld First is really helpful.

Awesome Links 

Ideas, printouts, sheets, etc. Not ads. 

NaNoWriMo Printouts 2016

Character Goals

Another NaNo Post

Studies in Character (great for character interviews)

Novel Workbooks

If you know of any other great NaNo posts, or have made some yourself, comment the link below so I can share it! (Of course, make sure it’s all ages appropriate.)

I hope you enjoyed this post! What are your favorite prep methods? Are you participating in NaNo this year?


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      1. You’re welcome! My novel is about a girl named Arden who has been marooned on an island her whole life. She has dreams and visions of who she is and what she was meant for, etc., and when a mysterious stranger from the outside world arrives, she has the opportunity to find out the truth about herself.
        That’s basically it. I did a post about it here: https://theupstairsgirl.wordpress.com/2016/10/08/beautiful-books-1/

        Your novel sounds so cool! Once again, good luck!

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