Preparing for NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo?

A big list of resources to help you plot, write and edit before, during and after NaNoWriMo.

If you’re preparing for NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo, or you’re in the thick of the action, I have some novel-saving writing resources for you!

A Month Before NaNoWriMo

  1. Print out your Novel in a Month Notebook.
  2. Make a list of things you love in novels.
  3. Learn How to Write a Novella.
  4. Want to try a plot formula (with templates)?
  5. Have you chosen your genre?

A Week Before NaNoWriMo

  1. No time to plot? Here’s a ready-made outline!
  2. You might like these tips on how to write fast.
  3. Brainstorm some ideas with a genre mindmap.
  4. Create a last-minute character.
  5. Still need a character name?
  6. Thinking of writing your novel in Google Docs?
  7. Need to (urgently) call upon your muse?

During NaNoWriMo

Track your progress using The Productivity Pages.

Week 1

  1. Need help with your opening scene?
  2. Decide on your point of view.
  3. Choose your narrator wisely.
  4. Trying to figure out exactly how to write that scene?

Week 2

  1. Need help with writing dialogue?
  2. Not enough action?
  3. Are your characters trying to make a decision? Yes or No?
  4. Have you written your character into a corner?

Week 3

  1. Time to give your antagonist some love.
  2. Desperate for more words?
    1. Try a try/fail cycle!
    2. Add a mini-quest!
    3. Make more trouble!
  3. It’s hard, killing characters…

Week 4

  1. Running out of writing ideas? Power up the idea engine.
  2. Are you stuck?
  3. More conflict!
  4. Is it time for a plot twist yet?
  5. Writing ‘The End’.

After NaNoWriMo

  1. Still need a title?
  2. Here’s an editing checklist you can use!
  3. Rate your scenes with Scene Charger (find this worksheet in The One Page Novel Workbook in the Coterie)
  4. Need a synopsis before you publish?


Novel in a Month Notebook (Free Printable PDF)