NaNoWriMo Prep For the Planner

If you’re a devout planner (like me), then prepping for NaNoWriMo can be a little bit scary, because you know if you come up against something you didn’t outline, it could be problematic. (i.e. You stop writing and start outlining and panic because you’re not writing.)

So what to do to avoid future panic in the month of NaNo?

#1 Outline

To whatever degree you would normally outline your story, do it. Don’t skimp. I don’t know about you, but when I skimp on my outline, it’s the first sign that I won’t finish the story.

#2 Find Your Stride

Best to know your stride ahead of time. What’s your best time of day for creativity? What space do you have to get away from everything else and just focus on your work? Is there music or ambiance that helps you? Favorite drink? Snack? (You get the picture.)

#3 Don’t Focus on the End Result

Don’t focus too much on the massive number that 50,000 is. Instead, focus on the 1,600 words per day needed to achieve that. One day at a time. And KEEP TRACK!

What tidbits do you have for NaNoWriMo prep? Pop them in the comments!


Published by Hannah Gaudette

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school graduate living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing or playing with the dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like goats. She is the founder of a sustainable agriculture movement called STEWARDSHIP in central Maine. She's a life-enthusiast and advocate for food allergy awareness, youth ministry, and service dogs.

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