NaNoWriMo Checklist: How to Get Ready to Write a Novel in a Month.

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  1. I am so excited (and nervous) for this challenge! Your tips are perfect! Oh and I also can't write while listening to songs I literally just sit there and analyze every lyric and what it means and then somehow tie the song into my writing which occasionally turns out well but usually is just annoying.

  2. I've been having a hard time outlining my novel this year, but thankfully I have a brainstorming date with another writer friend this afternoon, so hopefully that problem will be solved! I've been pinning a TON of stuff on Pintrest. I have one public board for writing tips and ideas. Then I have another secret board just for my novel. Images of locations, inspiration for what my characters look like, layouts of their hypothetical apartments, etc. And I usually have music too – which is perfect for this year's novel because my novel is all based on songs this year!

  3. Sounds like a daunting challenge, but your tips are great! I'm the same as you-I cannot write with music…or any kind of talking noise in the background. I definitely prefer silence!

  4. Love this so much- so much really helpful and practical information!

  5. I've been wanting to participate for a couple of years, but man, it's really intimidating and scary. Though, so much fun, I believe!

  6. Kim Wanders says:

    Considering whether or not to participate this year (have tried the past few years, success last year!) I really recommend the piano guys or vitamin string quarter on pandora for instrumental music (i can't work in total silence!)

    Good luck!!

  7. I think having a homebase and writing playlist are the two most important things!

  8. Kaeleen says:

    Thanks for this! Honestly Nanowrimo intimidates me but maybe I should take advantage of it this year because I need motivation for my book! lol

  9. This is a perfect list! I always find setting myself up for success before starting something is the best, it clears my head and lets me accomplish my goals.

  10. I love all these NaNoWriMo posts you're doing! Great tips! Thanks!

  11. Tami says:

    Writing a novel in a MONTH? I'm majorly impressed! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  12. I love this checklist. Just what I needed

  13. Megan Pace says:

    This is such a neat challenge! I can't wait to hear more about it. I writesketch on a blank sheet of paper instead of the computer screen when I need to get the creative juices flowing too. It always works!

  14. I bow down to all who try this! It's such an intense challenge, but I'm sure fun in the end. šŸ™‚

  15. Great checklist! I always need these to keep track of myself.

  16. Crystal says:

    I love this list! The first one is key. šŸ™‚ Great inspiration board on Pinterest too. I pinned a couple.

  17. Jess Johnson says:

    The realness just sunk when I read how many days are left…but now I'm super super excited! Very good list of things to remember! I'm actually printing out my calendar tonight so I can add it to my notebook of things to keep with me for the month. As for playlists, I am the same way about songs with words. My suggestion, if you use Spotify check out their playlists under Genres & Moods and go for the ones labeled under Focus. I have a lot of these playlists saved for studying and they help me soooo much! There are literally hours upon hours of stuff to listen to! Best wishes, Jess

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this list. My husband will be participating for the first time this year.

  19. I have so much going on this November, but I'm already considering this for next yeaer.

  20. This sounds so cool! Looking forward to what happens soon šŸ™‚

  21. You're a rockstar! I have never participated but it sounds like such a cool idea šŸ™‚

  22. andy brienne says:

    My sister is an author & used to love NaNoWriMo. All of your writer people impress me. It's amazing. Do you usually take the time to plot everything out beforehand?

  23. James says:

    Great ideas! I will definitely do several of these although most of my writing is done in spurts while sipping coffee at a Waffle House (I guess that would be my home base this month coming, lol). I have 3 flash drives to back up my work and use my tablet to jot notes on the fly. I like the idea of a calender with goals written in daily so I am going to be sure to do that. Thanks for the ideas and good luck during NaNoWriMo

  24. This will be the first year since 2008 that I won't be participating. I just don't have the time or the ideas. I have a feeling I'll be missing it.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Your blog is the first I've heard of this. I'm really compelled to do this but I'm hesitant to jump in so last minute with barely knowing how to do it – especially since I barely even have a plot idea. Ant suggestions?

  26. Loving all of these! Looks like an inspirational challenge I may need to get on board with šŸ™‚

  27. Kenzie Smith says:

    I love the check list you shared! Hot chocolate with extra marshmallows have been my go to drink the past few nights. I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year and I am extremely nervous but excited šŸ˜€ I am going to have to check out your writing inspiration board šŸ˜€

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