NaNoWriMo Prep 2016 + a FREE Printable!

Hello, lovelies! For a couple of years now, I have been intrigued by the idea of participating in NaNoWriMo (that’s short for National Novel Writing Month). Every year, I’ve made excuses — I’m too busy, I’m not a writer, I can’t think of a good story/plot — but this year is different. I’m tossing out the excuses (even though the negative thoughts are still in the back of my mind) and I’m going for it!

NaNoWriMo Explained


National Novel Writing Month began back in 1999 and has taken place each year during the month of November.

Starting on November 1st, participants from all over the world embark on a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. The challenge is simple: Don’t start writing until November 1st, and finish writing at least 50,000 words by midnight on November 30th.


National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which encourages writers of all ages through programs like The Young Writers Program, Camp NaNoWriMo, and the Come Write In Program.

I have to admit that this is probably my favorite part about NaNoWriMo. The organization’s commitment to community outreach and development really strikes a chord with me. So much so, that I’ve committed to donating $10 each and every month to the cause.

NaNoWriMo’s Mission Statement:

“National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.”

NaNoWriMo Fundraising

In addition to my own personal monthly pledge, I’ve decided to join in the fundraising efforts this year! You can click the photo above to go to my fundraising page.

The Night of Writing Dangerously is an annual event hosted by NaNoWriMo in San Francisco, CA.

In order to attend I need to raise a minimum of $300 for the non-profit organization that runs NaNoWriMo to get in the door, and from there, a rich array of prizes, delicious food, and sumptuous writing time awaits.

But this is not about me getting a treat-filled night of literary abandon. This is about children and adults getting the encouragement, structure, and inspiration they need to achieve their creative potential. Proceeds from the event will fund National Novel Writing Month’s free creative writing programs in hundreds of schools and communities around the world.

I’ve set an initial fundraising goal of $500, but I’m hoping to blow that figure out of the water! Wanna help?

PS – If I raise over $425, I get to bring a guest along to the event! If this happens, I plan on hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader from the Bay area to join me for this fantastic night!

I'm officially committing to NaNoWriMo in 2016! Here's how I'm preparing to write 50,000 words of a brand new novel in November :)

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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo 2016

Let’s be completely open and honest here. Preparing to write a novel takes a lot of work!

There are so many things to consider: Title, plot, storylines, character development, world building, outlining, not to mention all of the research! (SO much research, y’all!)

Over the past week, I have been scouring the web as well as the NaNoWriMo forums on the hunt for resources and information to help me prepare for what is sure to be a daunting task.

NaNoWriMo Prep

I’ve been scribbling notes, sketching out Bullet Journal layouts, brainstorming a “survival kit,” all in addition to figuring out my plot and working on character development.

NaNoWriMo Tools & Resources

While most of my planning is still a jumbled mess, I have been able to get myself a little more organized with the help of some valuable tools and resources.

It’s worth mentioning here that the resources mentioned below are just the tip of the iceberg of what can be found online. Don’t be afraid to branch out and find some amazing resources of your own!

NaNoWriMo Forums

Probably one of my favorite resources of all, the NaNoWriMo forums are chock full of tips and tricks from seasoned “WriMos.” Here, you can find anything from plot help to world building advice. You can even check out the Adoption Society (my favorite) where you can adopt a plot, a character, and even witty comebacks and dialogue!

Other NaNo Prep Resources

Sign up for #NaNoPrep events, join your regional group, make a public commitment, and check out the massive NaNoWriMo prep resource library right here!

Better Novel Project Blog

I fell down a pretty serious (albeit productive) rabbit hole when I discovered Christine’s blog. She has some incredible resources and insights for writers. My favorite is her Master Outline, which I’ve shamelessly copied to use as a guide for my own novel in November.

Brandon Sanderson’s BYU Writing Class

Although it’s geared towards Epic Fantasy writers, this course is packed full of helpful advice on character development, world building, magic systems, and dialogue. With over 12 hours of video, it’s a doozie but SO worth it!


Available for both Mac and PC, Scrivener is my go-to app for writing and outlining. I’ve been using it for months (thanks to Kim for the recommendation!) to manage my blog posts and major writing projects.

NaNoWriMo outline in Scrivener

I plugged Christine’s (Better Novel Project) outline into Scrivener, and I’m working diligently behind the scenes to hash out my plot and characters within the program as well.


Grammarly is hands-down one of my favorite new tools for writing! As someone who values proper grammar, and also someone who sometimes makes silly grammatical errors, this tool had been a life-saver.

Grammarly InsightsBesides their web-based interface, Grammarly also has a plug-in that monitors everything you type online (from social media to email) and suggests corrections on the go.

From misplaced commas to warnings of overused words, Grammarly has come to my rescue more than once.

One of my favorite Grammarly features is the weekly insights that I get in my inbox.

I love seeing how I stack up against other Grammarly users, as well as what my problem areas are each week.

NaNoWriMo Bullet Journalists

If you’re a Bullet Journalist like me and participating in NaNoWriMo, then you’ll LOVE this Facebook group!

NaNoWriMo Bullet Journaling - October Writing Challenge

In addition to sharing our planning layouts and cheering each other on, the admins are hosting an awesome writing challenge during the month of October to get everyone in the habit of writing before November starts!

Printable NaNoWriMo Tracker

Of course, no project of mine would be complete without adding some planning and tracking into my Bullet Journal! I’m planning to add a lot more planning to my pages very soon, but I couldn’t wait to share this spread with you!

Since I’ll be switching into my Filofax BuJo in November, I decided to create this spread over there instead of my current notebook.

What started out as a hand-drawn tracker soon sparked the idea for a printable version to share with the world :) Here’s how it looks printed out and hole punched for my A5 Filofax Domino:

NaNoWriMo Printable Trackers!

Click the image below to download your very own copy today! The .zip file includes both A5 and Letter-sized printables in a high-quality PDF :)

NaNoWriMo Trackers

How are YOU gearing up for NaNoWriMo 2016? Be sure to add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo website right here :)

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