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  • Writer's pictureKate Drexel

#Preptober: A Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo

Ah, Preptober, the month where we scramble all our resources and try to put together a cohesive storyline for our NaNoWriMo projects.

Speaking of which, if you didn't see Insta post last month or my last newsletter, I've announced my NaNoWriMo project which is The Cursed Ones' sequel, The Perilous Ones. You can see the aesthetic here!

I know this post is a little delayed but, better late than never, eh?

Earlier in September, I started creating the series bible with all manners of research and resources to turn to if/when I need help with my storyline, including:

- The official series timeline

- Maps

- A lunar cycle for 2020 and 2021

- Rock climbing terminology

- Synopses for my three books

- Character profiles

And so much more.

Now that The Cursed Ones is in my beta readers' hands...

I can focus on The Perilous Ones!

About two weeks ago, I got a small jump start on my skeletal outline via Trello. Later this week, I'm going to continue said outline and I'm hoping it will be cohesive enough to actually formulate something that resembles a storyline.

I've seen questions about what people do to prepare for NaNo and I thought I'd share my list below.

What's Required for Preptober

  • Notebooks

  • Plenty of pens

  • Coffee (or tea) — as long as it's all caffeinated.

  • Fueling snacks — nuts, chocolate, fruits, chocolate, gummies, chocolates, popcorn, chocolate.

  • Note cards — if that's how you roll with plotting.

  • Research notes

  • Your sanity and getting more of it because there's a chance this below meme will happen

What's Recommended for NaNoWriMo

  • A perfectly curated playlist either on Apple Music or Spotify—if you're one who loves to write with music... like me lol.

  • Headphones — noise-cancelling preferable.

  • The Forest app — minimizes distractions and you get to set how long you want a plant to grow. You can set it so if you leave the app, your plant will die. Mighty good incentive, eh?

  • A good writing spot with minimal distractions

  • A large mug for your coffee or tea.

  • A change of sleep schedule — if you're working from home or you write full time, this shouldn't be an issue. If you work in an office... don't do this.

Find Me on NaNo

Let's be writer friends on the official NaNo site. You can find me at: The Creative Kate


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Order now and have it at your doorstep by the time NaNo begins!

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