So I’ve just signed up for NaNoWriMo this year – its two weeks away. EEK.
For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – It’s actually International. The aim of the game is to pump out a first draft of a novel in 30 days. That’s a lot of writing and a lot of prep. If you sign up, there’s heaps of help, inspiration and friends online to help you out. You won’t be doing it alone, and guaranteed there will be an area near you where you can meet up with other WriMo’s.
Because I’m a classic last minute person, I’ve created a checklist based on a few bits of wisdom I’ve found at the Wrimo site and my own Ultimate Novel Planning Kit.
- Diary to track word count and action plan
- Dictionary or Thesaurus
- Visual Writing Aids – Posters for motivation
- Baby name book or Street Directory (roads make great last names)
- Emotion Thesaurus
Novel Planning Prep
- Character bio’s
- Setting worksheet
- Blake Snyders beat sheet for the plot – or an outline breakdown
- World Maps
- Conflict ideas
- Character list summary – for easy reference of where and who each character is
- ‘Just keep writing’ – Editing notes for later
- Plot timeline tracker/summary
- To research later worksheet
- Story/Plot brainstorm worksheet
- Best lines from your best authors’
- note page
- Chapter timeline tracker
This is my first year, and my second book. I haven’t even gotten around to publish the first one yet but full steam ahead!