I’m really excited about my fairy tale retelling, and I’ve done a lot of preparation for it! For instance, this drawing of my main characters:
I taped it to the wall so that once NaNo begins, I’ll have a constant reminder that I need to go write. My friend Shim also made me a calendar, which I printed out and then wrote my word count goals for each day on.
Also, the journal you see in the picture is what I used for my notes. I took inspiration from a video I saw about how someone created their journal for NaNo (check out bohoberry.com if you’re curious), and so one of the pages has a list of thirty scenes that, if I write 1,667 words for each, become a whole novel (the list is originally from betternovelproject.com). I also did some world-building inside, and drew a map! Which you will not be seeing.
I have a checklist of tasks in there as well, which actually worked really well because out of twelve tasks, I managed ten. One of those tasks was choosing rewards for reaching milestones when I’m writing, and so I made most of my rewards food (but not all!). I also added consequences to implement when I edit instead of write, for ultimate productivity.
The first two pages after my checklist are both resources from betternovelproject.com, such as the list of thirty scenes I mentioned. Then I have a “Special Phrase/Items” page for figuring out unique things about my characters, which eventually turned into off-topic rambling but still helped me to develop the story further. There’s also a page with details about the magic trees, which I hope to add more to. I have a few more pages for ideas and developing stuff, and then my list of milestone rewards/editing consequences. And that is all!
How ’bout you? How do you prepare for NaNo, and what resources do you prefer? I’m curious!