NaNoWriMo: The Basics

So, you wanna know more about NaNoWriMo and what you’ll need to start off? Well, you’ve come to the write place! (Get it? Sorry.)

In NaNo, there are two types of writers: the Planners and the Pantsers. The Planners are obvious, they plan and plan until they can no longer plan. The Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. Often times you’ll see someone start planning their novel literally the day before it’s time to start writing. That’s a pantser. Because we’re all about planning, the majority of our posts will be for Planners. But don’t worry, if you’re a Pantser you can still read them, and we will be sure to have a post especially for you right before NaNo begins on November first.

Planners, we’re going to assume you’ll follow us along for the ride and start right here right now at the beginning of planning your novel. Now is a good time to think of The Basics:

  • What Is It: Point of View, Genre, Estimated Length (IE Stand Alone, Trilogy, Novellea), Voice, Theme?
  • The Big Story: Any Plot Points that came to mind when you came up with your story idea.
  • The Small Stuff: Minor details that came to you as you wrote down The Big Story.

If you’re looking for an easy to use worksheet to help you get started, click to follow Plan Your Muse in the sidebar and receive notifications of new posts by email and we’ll send you a link to download our free Basic Brainstorm Worksheet.

After you’ve completed the Basic Brainstorm Worksheet, you’ll need to decide¬†what section of your book you would like to start on. By what section, I mean what aspect of your book. Are you starting on world building, characters, or plot? We’ll have a separate post for each section, which you can feel free to go through as you please, just make sure you do the three of them first before anything else. Until the next NaNo post, spend your time brainstorming, and we’ll see you back here to learn about characters!