Prepping for #Preptober


The time is almost upon us and I am already thinking about #preptober and #NaNoWriMo 2018. I know, it is only just passed the middle of September but is it really too early to start prepping for the event of the year?

october calendarI. Don’t. Think. So.

Okay, there may be a few of you here who have never actually heard of NaNoWriMo, amazingly. So, the National Novel Writing Month is a fun but effective challenge created by writers to push us to actually write… because you know that we don’t actually do much of that. NaNoWriMo is a challenge that is completed throughout November every year, with the aim of writing 50,000 words on one project!


It sounds impossible, however I know it is possible as I have completed a NaNoWriMo (November 2015) and have set my sights on completing a second this year. I have officially attempted NaNoWriMo one other time, however due to work and life in general, I flopped. Massively.

But this year shall be different! I swear.

So, we know what NaNoWriMo is… but what is Preptober? Preptober is in fact October (but with a carefully placed and well timed play on letters! HaHaHaHa!) No, seriously this is a thing. October, for those of us competing in NaNoWriMo, is the month where we plan.

But planning takes five minutes? Pfft.

When you are attempting to write 1667 words per day, every day, for 30 days; you need a bit more than a few ideas jotted down (unless you’re a pantser and then good luck, I lost you at the word plan).

I like to spend October getting to know what I want to write about. Characters. Places. Plot points. Complete all of the research that could take up precious writing time in November. Here are my top 5 things to do in Preptober!

  1. Outline
  2. Research
  3. Character briefs
  4. Set up documents
  5. Shopping

That sounds like a pretty simple list, an outline can be a sentence and research… research what! Shopping?

Over the next few weeks, I will be showing you exactly what I mean by each of these. Introducing you to the methods that I use and sharing some simple tips and tricks that I use to prepare for the mammoth month that is November!

If you have competed in NaNoWriMo before, what was one thing you wished you did before the start of the month? Let me know in the comments below!

Stick around guys, this is going to be an interesting final quarter!


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