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.
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.
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.
(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:
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:
You 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.
You 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!
Fill out your profile information so like-minded writers can connect with you.
Choose a home region to be informed about noveling events nearby.
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.
You got this!