Prepping for NaNoWriMo

This year was the first year I participated in Preptober and I would say that I kicked its ass. I finished my plot by the 15th. But, I’ve spent the last two weeks stressing about the plot itself, and writing it.

This year, I have chosen a book that is out of my normal romance genre. I haven’t quite figured out what exact genre it is. I am scared because I’ve never written in this genre before.

A little background on the story I’m writing

A couple years ago my husband had a dream and when he woke up from it he couldn’t get it out of his head. He told me all about it and we both decided it would make a really cool book, but I put off writing it for him because it is not romance. I decided to take a leap of faith and write it for NaNoWriMo this year.

One reason I am afraid to write this book is because it’s such a good idea that I don’t want to fail at writing it. I’m nervous this feat may be too much and I’ll give up halfway through writing it. This is the exact reason I created rewards for myself for the month of November.

My Rewards System

10K Words – My favorite Candy

20K Words – 5 pen refills from my favorite pen company, Simply Gilded

30K Words – One Sticker Book

40K Words – One Erin Condren Notebook

50k Words – A New Book

My rewards aren’t huge, expensive rewards, but they are meaningful to me. And I think that’s what matter’s the most. Tell me in the comments, are you rewarding yourself for NaNoWriMo?

Other Things I’ve Done to Prep For NaNoWriMo

In a notebook, I drew out a calendar along witch different trackers, some inspirational quotes, and of course brain dump pages. I created and tabbed October, November, and December. (My project’s word count is roughly 80K so I’ll be writing in December as well.)

For November, I created a self-care bingo page to make sure that I take care of myself while writing. (I have not decided on a reward for when I win the bingo.)

I also created a 1K-50K tracker that I will fill in with each 1K words that I write, I think it’ll be nice to have a progress tracker that I can see every day.

I also created a sprint tracker to track all of my writing sprints. I have room for 135 sprints. I don’t think I’ll do that many, but they are there if I need them.


I think that I’m fully prepared for NaNoWriMo now. I need to get my nerves in check so I can begin writing next week! Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

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