Plan Your Nanowrimo Novel in 30 days (a step by step guide)

Don't leave your nanowrimo success to chance - if you want to give yourself the best chance of achieveing the goal of 50,000 words in one month, then preparation is the key.

The quickest way to find yourself suffering writers' block or writing yourself into a blind alley and getting trapped there, is to start on day one with no plan and no idea what you're going to write.

On the other hand, if you have diligently outlined your novel, briefed your cast of characters and maybe even researched a few locations, then you will be able to fully concentrate on the most important thing - bashing out those words.

Below is a plan for getting together a solid basis for your first draft. We recommend you do this in October, so everything is fresh and you're raring to go just as Nanowrimo starts.

Note - all of the notes below are that - notes. You mustn't write a single word of prose before Day One or you'll break the nano spell and the nano fairies will come and slap you on the wrist. Your writing wrist.

Click on the steps for more information about each one.

Day #1 Write a premise.

Day #2 Write a skeleton.

Day #3 Write character introductions

Day #4 Write your Short Synopsis

Days #5 and #6 Write your extended synopsis

Days #7 and #8 Write your Goal to Decision Cycle 

Days #9 to #11 Complete Full Character Profiles

Days #12 and #13 Describe your locations

Days #14 to #17 Do your Advanced Plotting

Days #18 to #21 Write your Character Viewpoints

Days #22 to #24 Block out Your First Act

Days #25 to #26 Consider Themes and Variations

Days #27 to #28 Block out Your Second Act

Days #29 to #30 Block out Your Third Act 

Do you have a Nanowrimo preparation plan that you swear by? Tell us about it in the comments!


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