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.
Prepare for your novel at a #NaNoPrep event!
To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click “copy to my calendar”.
NaNo Prep Webcast: Watch the recording!
To help you prepare to write a novel this November, we pulled some writing prompts and activities from tried-and-true NaNo resources. Missed it when it was live? Good news: we recorded it! This webcast was sponsored by Dropbox Paper, a great place to draft a month-long masterwork.
NaNo Prep Webcast: Discover your “writing radar” with Jack Gantos!
October 20 at 10 AM PDT (Your Time Zone)
For this webcast, NaNoWriMo is teaming up with Newbery Award-winning author Jack Gantos to talk about just how to write a novel, drawing inspiration from Writing Radar, Jack’s brand new writing guide. It’s full of funny and practical advice for how to be the best brilliant writer; with wit and humor, Jack shows young writers how to use their “writing radar” to find story ideas in their own lives.
Check out Jack’s website for more Writing Radar videos, writing tips, and information about his other books.
Can’t make it to the webcast? Watch it later at our Youtube channel.
Make a public commitment and find your community.
Intention is everything. Decide right now that you’re going to write a novel in November, then tell everyone who matters using the tweet below:
I’m writing a novel with NaNoWriMo this November. Join me in the League of Extraordinary Writers! http://nanowrimo.org #NaNoPrep
Review our NaNo Prep resource library.
Over the years, we’ve posted a wealth of information on how to plan your novel:
2017 Video Archives
NaNoWriMo Truth and Dare: Bite-Sized Writing Tips for Planning Your Novel –YouTube – Added 7/14/2017
Our Full NaNo Prep Library
|Critique Circle Basics: How to Set Up and Run an Effective Support Group||Kathy Kitts||Finding Community||82|
|Worlds Within Words: A Structural World-Building Exercise||Tilia Klebenov Jacobs||Setting and Worldbuilding||294|
|5 Ways to World-Build||VicJ Wizard||Setting and Worldbuilding||546|
|8 Steps to Break Through Writer’s Block||Piyusha Vir||Discipline and Writer’s Block||171|
|How to Create a Writing Mood Board||Massiel Valenzuela-Castaneda||Inspiration||106|
|6 Ways Writing Can Help Your Voice Be Heard||Iris Vayle||NaNo Strategies||144|
|Don’t Be Afraid of Writing Setting||Lori Watson||Setting and Worldbuilding||136|
|How to Emotionally Prepare for NaNoWriMo||Kendra Levin||NaNo Strategies||468|
|Participating in NaNoWriMo as an Introvert||LeKesha Lewis||NaNo Strategies||164|
|How to Write Outside of Your Experience||Jennifer S. Brown||Research||96|
|4 Fabulous Ways to Create Stand-Out Character Names||Melissa Rose||Character Building||540|
|6 Ways to Overcome an Inspiration Emergency||Elizabeth Harmon||Inspiration||138|
|Slaying Your First Draft Dragons||Sarah Ockler||NaNo Strategies||269|
|How to Write About What You Don’t Know||Crystal Chan||Writing Diversity||1143|
|The Truth of What It Takes to Be a Writer||Hugh Howey||Discipline and Writers’ Block||491|
|What’s In Your NaNo Emergency Kit||Teri Brown||NaNo Strategies||491|
|How to Schedule Time for Writing||Chris Baty||Discipline and Writers’ Block||495|
|The Official NaNoWriMo Character Questionnaire||NaNoWriMo||Character Building||1597|
|13 Prompts to Trigger Character Building||Kelly Loy Gilbert||Character Building||291|
|3 Tips for Creating Indelible Characters||Stacey Lee||Character Building||267|
|A Guide to Spotting and Growing Past Stereotypes||Ellen Oh||Writing Diversity||1055|
|Using Setting to Reinforce Your Characters||NaNoWriMo||Setting and Worldbuilding||250|
|How to Make Your Setting Breathe||Renée Ahdieh||Setting and Worldbuilding||152|
|How Do You Create a Unique World?||Michael David Lukas||Setting and Worldbuilding||217|
|How to Survive Plot Creation||Lamar Giles||Plot and Conflict||190|
|5 Secret Steps to Story Building||Chris Baty||Plot and Conflict||657|
|Creating External and Internal Conflict||NaNoWriMo||Plot and Conflict||335|
|Character Profiling||Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart||Character Building||426|
|Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Novel Realistically||Lindsay Carlson||Research||350|
|4 Tips to Survive a Writing Marathon||Briana Way||NaNo Strategies||353|
|The Complex Art of Naming Your Characters||Tia Kalla||Character Building||320|
|Building a Conflict Flowchart||Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart||Plot and Conflict||264|
|6 Tips to Transform from Master Procrastinator to Moderately Disciplined Writer||Lisa Atenasio||Discipline and Writers’ Block||1132|
|7 Essential Questions for Your Characters||Randy Ribay||Character Building||318|
|4 Questions to Ask about Your Supporting Characters||Renée Watson||Character Building||314|
|3 Steps to Rev Up Your Writing Momentum||Melanie Sumner||NaNo Strategies||259|
|3 Reasons Why the Solitary Writer Is a Myth||Grant Faulkner||Finding Community||160|
|Writing Diverse Characters||Dhonielle Clayton, I. W. Gregorio, Miranda Paul||Writing Diversity|
|Starting a Novel||Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige||NaNo Strategies|
|9 Steps to Build a Strong Plot||Derek Murphy||Plot and Conflict||1227|
|6 Tips to Add to Your Writing Cheat Sheet||J. C. Lane||Discipline and Writers’ Block||215|
|Why You Don’t Have to Justify Your Diverse Story||Kathy Vo||Writing Diversity||161|
|3 Crucial Lessons about Writing Fiction||Dan Koboldt||Discipline and Writers’ Block||132|
|3 Rules for Fantastic World-Building||K. M. Vanderbilt||Setting and Worldbuilding||326|
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.