NaNo Prep

Ready to start planning your November novel? Our NaNo Prep resources are here for you.

During September and October, we’ll provide resources to inspire, challenge, and prepare you to write that novel.

Look to our blogforumsFacebook, and Twitter for updates on new stuff.

Last year’s NaNo Prep resources are below; check back later for new NaNo Prep 2016 announcements!


Get some help from the experts.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 4 PM PDT: Authors Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Jonathan Maberry, and Danielle Paige helped you start your novel with confidence.

Watch a recording of the #NaNoPrep webinar here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 5 PM PDT : We hosted a webinar all about diverse characters! Presented in partnership with fellow nonprofit We Need Diverse Books.

Watch a recording of the #WNDBNaNo webinar here.

Add the NaNoWriMo Calendar of Events to your Google Calendar

(Remember to check your regional forum for your local events.)


Review our prep resources.

Over the years, we’ve posted a wealth of information on how to plan your novel:

Preparing for NaNo Success
Characters and Backstory
Plot and Conflict


Or, if you’re looking for an all-in-one-place guide, try our books:
No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
Ready, Set, Novel! by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit
Young Novelist Workbook by NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program


Make the big decision.

Well, the big NaNo decision, that is… Are you a planner or a pantser? Here’s the difference:

Planner BadgeYou believe in rigorous preparation.

You’ll spend the months before November carefully fleshing out characters, building worlds, and plotting your story.

On November 1, you’ll have an outline—or at least lots of helpful notes.

Pantser BadgeYou believe in hardcore spontaneity.

You’ll spend the months before November stocking up on inspiration and mayyybe a vague idea or two (if you’re ambitious).

On November 1, you’ll have a blank document and your imagination.


We think both are equally valid! And even if you’re a pantser, we recommend checking out the resources and steps here… You never know what might inspire you.


Interact with the NaNoWriMo community.

Meet new creative partners, and earn shiny dashboard badges in the process. You can’t lose!

Profile Badge
Fill out your profile information so like-minded writers can connect with you.

Region Badge
Choose a home region to be informed about noveling events nearby.

Forums Badge
Post in the forums! It’s the best place to meet fellow writers. To start out, we recommend: NaNo Newbies, and NaNo Prep.

Buddies Badge
Add a writing buddy (maybe a new forum friend?) by clicking the “Add as Buddy” link on their profile.


If you follow the path above, you’ll be 100% ready to write on November 1.

Check here for a full look at how it all works, plus see our FAQs for many more logistical answers.

You got this!