The season for NaNoWriMo is upon us! You may be wondering what Preptober is or maybe you’re a seasoned veteran of NaNoWriMo, a month long writing challenge to write a 50,000 word novel, and you already know. If you do, bear with me for a minute, because I need to explain to the newbies.
Preptober is the month before NaNoWriMo starts. It’s when you sit down and figure out all the little things you need to start writing your story on November 1. Plotting sheets, notecards, world building… wine… It’s your time to get everything about your story out of your brain and on paper/computer without actually writing it yet, so when November 1 rolls around, it’ll be easy peasy to bust out that 1667 words a day for the entire month.
Now that I have explained that, here’s what I’m doing this week.
I’m attempting my first NaNoWriMo bullet journal.
I have a BuJo for my Level 10 Life, I have one for my Financials, and I have one for my Overall day to day stuff. One of these days, I’ll be brave enough to show y’all, but for now, you’ll just have to imagine them.
Anyway, you might be thinking, why the hell does she need a fourth BuJo??
Because I’m nuts. Haha.
But really, since starting my morning miracle routine, I’ve started journaling everything. Every aspect of my life gets chronicled. I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad thing though. But also, another reason is that I wanted to have one place where I put all things NaNo in. A BuJo specifically for NaNo lets me do that, and forces me to write things I’d usually be lazy with and copy and paste into a document.
And also, I wanted to be able to help people, and write out a guide that works for me that others might feel like they want to try and see if it works for them.
What kind of journal did I want to use?
My first problem was do I use another bound notebook, or readapt my ARC notebooks to do this BuJo? I realized that I move stuff around a lot when I’m writing, and I take stuff out and cross out things and it gets messy and drives my OCD up a wall. Plus I have like thousands of dollars of disc bound planner stuff sitting around that I really need to use. BUT… I decided in the end to use a moleskine I bought on impulse a while back from Barnes and Noble. It’s one of those big composition size ones, not my usual A5 size, because I know I’m going to be putting a lot of info into it, and this would force me to consider organization beforehand instead of as I go along.
What am I putting in it?
I have no clue yet.
Well, that’s not completely true. I set up the typical NaNoWrMo things, like a word count tracker, and a goal tracker, and a monthly spread to keep track of write-ins.
I know I need to do character sheets, which I do still do on paper, because it works better in my head. I need to clarify some rules of magic in my world. I think i’ve mentioned before the current WIP is a fantasy story, which is quite the departure from my military romances. But that’s a post for another time.
- Character sheets
- Plot scribbles
- World building
- Word count tracker
- Goal tracker
- Monthly spread
Once I get the characters nailed down, I’ll start working on the plot stuff. I’ve never written a book the same way twice, and this book will be no different than that. I’ve never done so much planning before on a book, so I’m hoping that the writing goes way smoother than my usual zero drafts, which are always a huge ordeal for edits and such. One day, I will have my writing process nailed down, I swear. LMAO.
Okay, so that’s all I got for now. I’ll take some pictures as I’m setting up, and I’ll post what I decided on here in a few days or so. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram for my spur of the moment journaling adventures and more.
Are you going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year? How are you prepping for it?