With the vast number of resources out there (see below), the methods of prepping for National Novel Writing Month are numerous. There are outliners, storyboarders, notecarders, pantsers–the list goes on.
Me? I outline. I outline the crap out of my novel. I have even been known to outline my outline–it’s a bit neurotic. But the outline is how I knew this current WIP is going somewhere–because I outlined all five novels in the series within a month. All. Five. Novels. There was an end in sight, all because I outlined.
I’ve linked some resources below as well as embedded a NaNo Prep board from my Pinterest. Use these resources for the next two weeks to get ready for the biggest writing marathon of the year!
May your manuscript read 50,000 words and beyond.
The Pre-write Project
Before I talk about this particular resource, I want to make it clear that I don’t spend my money all willy-nilly on things that I could potentially make myself. I’m a teacher, which can explain my Scrooge-like tendencies with certain things. The same is true when prepping for my novels (and even editing them): If there’s a plan of action that I can implement at little to no cost, then that’s my method.
So believe me when I saw that the Pre-Write Project is worth both your time and money.
Kristen over at She’s Novel has developed a really cool workbook for writers who are planning their next book–perfect for NaNoWriMo. It’s over 50 pages of helpful worksheets (and these worksheets can be printed as many times as necessary to create the story bible that is perfect for your novel). Bonus: It’s only $7. I purchased it and LOVE IT. I have a feeling that you may love it, too.
NaNoWriMo Prep on Pinterest
Survey: How do you prep for NaNoWriMo?