The best thing about November is NaNoWriMo. Writers of all stages huddle in coffee shops, bookstores, and the like to furiously tap away at the keyboard. The goal? To write 50,000 words (yes, you read that right) of a novel in one month.
Some have been planning for months. Some, eh, found out about it an hour ago.
I might be joining all the crazies later this month. I just got done with my first round of edits for When Planets Fall, like, yesterday, and need a little time for my brain to recharge. But I’m hoping to ride the waves of enthusiasm to propel me into drafting the sequel to WPF.
So, if you’re looking for any last minute resources to help you plan out your NaNo words, look no further!
- (For the newbs), make sure you’re signed up on NaNo’s website. You can easily track your word count and engage other writers there! And if you’re on Twitter, follow #NaNoWriMo, #NaNo2016, and #wordsprint as well as the actual @NaNoWriMo. Great motivation to keep those words flowing!
- Check out Jamie Raintree’s Writing and Revision Checker Spreadsheet. For just a buck, you can get a great visual of your goals and an easy way to organize.
- Susan Dennard has an entire series on novel planning. (And revision! For once you finish.) Here’s her posts on drafting, scene-level planning, and magical cookies.
- This is a list of apps that will help you take your planning to the next level, everything from bubble-planning to character development and more. I personally swear by Scrivener. Makes drafting and editing so much easier. And you can make goals on it!
- This post has an easy schedule for you to glance at to check if you’re on track to finishing on time.
- Here’s a word counting calendar. I like the satisfaction of checking off boxes. I loved SAT testing growing up because I loved filling in all the bubbles. So if you’re itching to fill something in, you’ll love this calendar.
- If you love lists and plan by crossing items off a list, you might like the bullet journal fad. It can be a great addition to any NaNo plan to balance your real life and writing life and just keep track of ideas as they come. Plus you can cross things off. All those beautiful lines . . .
Are you doing NaNo this year? Let me know so I can cheer you on.
AND GOOD LUCK!