We’re less than a month away from National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and October has been dubbed ‘Preptober’ by many. It’s the month in which participants of NaNoWriMo prepare their big epic novel for production. The plotters will finish their outlines, the pantsers just let their idea simmer in the back of their mind. If you’re a plantser, you might do a bit of both. Whichever way you prep for a month of writing, all is fine.
This preparation time will look different for everyone and it depends on what kind of writer you are. If you don’t know, that’s fine too. This is the time to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Not just Preptober but also NaNoWriMo. The official website has a ton of resources, motivational, and inspirational posts to get you in the mood. Storybundle also does a book bundle with writing books to help you with the writing and business side for when your book is ready.
For the second year in a row I will skip NaNoWriMo. Not because I’m travelling this year (who can?), but because I’m working on several projects in different stages. I can’t write 50k new words for either of these projects, so skipping is better. Picking up a new story would only delay the release of the others. And I don’t want that. I still want to do NaNoWrimo because it’s still a challenge for me. 1667 words is way more than my average. The whole ‘writing together’ and ‘support each other’ has a special kind of magic. It makes writing less lonely, if you know what I mean.
I really hope I can take part again next year. Until then, I want to share some of my earlier NaNoWriMo-related posts with you. Are you taking part this year? Tell me about your projects in the comments and leave a link to your profile so we can become buddies. I might not participate, but I can cheer for you!
Start your prep now
If you’re still undecided if you should do NaNoWriMo, maybe my post can help you decide : Why You Should Do NaNoWriMo
And if you need more help preparing for your story writing challenge, check out these posts:
2 thoughts on “Preptober Starts”
I hope to get more writing done soon, but I have a BIG house move so it may have to wait. Thanks for the link to the resources, though.
Good luck with your move! You acn always work on your story in your mind. Make it feel more alive before you write it down. Doing mundane tasks like cleaning, packing, and unpacking are actually really good for this