Prepping for NaNoWriMo!

It’s officially Preptober and I am going to be working on prepping for my NaNoWriMo 2019 project for the whole month of October.

I have a fantasy WIP that I’ve been working on, the same project I did for last year’s NaNoWriMo, but that one’s massive. It has multiple characters, multiple POVs, dragons, sorcerers, war(s), fictional language(s), lore… definitely requires me to create a world map, and I don’t even know how to begin with that… Let’s just say the very thorough outline I’ve been (re)working on for that will definitely not be ready by November.

So, therefore, I’ve decided to revisit an idea that I’ve never drafted before and use that for NaNoWriMo. It’s dark supernatural fantasy with — and this is key — only one main character (YAY!).

I’ve started doing some prep work right at the beginning of October, and here’s a couple of screenshots of my synopsis and outline (using Scrivener):

Those are not final at all and I don’t even have a title or any character names. However, I’m excited to plot it for the whole month of October and draft it when November comes.

Can I get 50K words? Even though I was able to accomplish that last year, I’m not as confident this year because my personal circumstances were different. However, I have learned from last year so I guess this year may be smoother and I might actually accomplish it.

Here are the things that I will be preparing based on what I learned from last year:

  1. Chapter Outline
  2. Character Descriptions
  3. Aesthetics/Moodboard
  4. Writing Music Playlist
  5. Milestone Rewards

I feel that drafting will definitely be easier if these things are prepared beforehand. I have a tendency to get off-tangent, thereby ending up with subplots that don’t advance the story. A chapter outline will keep me on track, hopefully. I also spend a lot of time fussing over character names, descriptions, personalities, etc, so preparing them in advance will definitely save me time. The rest are just to help motivate me when the time comes, so they’re not really priority.

Are you planning to join this year’s NaNoWriMo? Will you be preparing for it this month? Do you think my prep list is good enough?

I’ll be sure to give an update on my next post. Thank you for reading!


  1. Great prepping! Although it’s hard to read over your shoulder, what I can see in your Scrivener outlines seems to put you well on the way toward your goal. It also shows you’re getting a start on balancing your time within your new circumstances. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. Thanks! I’m trying to be as organized as I can but I also know most of whatever I wrote there initially will change somewhat hahaha! In any case, it’s good to have a guide, at least for me :)


  2. Yes, I’m doing Nanowrimo this year! We do the same kind of prep work (except I had to do some research, too, to learn about bugs and stuff). The only place where we differ in our prep work is I don’t set up a play list because I prefer to write in silence. Good luck to you in November!

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  3. Hi, wow I’m looking forward to NaNoWriMo! Your prepping is what is right for you I think. I’m not sure what to do with my NaNoWriMo …write a series of short stories that combine as chapters? Just write like a mad person to get to 50K, fun right? (: – DJ

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    1. Hahaha! Thats does sound like fun! and hopefully not too stressful lol You could come up with random topics beforehand in case you run out of ideas in the middle of Nanowrimo.


  4. Wow! I wish you the best in all of your work these next few months! I’m joining the contest too and I’m excited to see how its going to be! I’m a first timer lol!

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