The Ultimate Preptober Checklist

 For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is a writing event that happens every November where you try to write 50,000 words of a novel, all in one month! The October before that is called Preptober, because that's the month that you'll be outlining and preparing everything for the hectic and busy month, NaNoWriMo.

This blog post is a checklist of things I am going to need going into NaNo. Feel free to grab some of these ideas to make this the best NaNoWriMo ever!

  • Your Outline
If you need one thing for November, it's going to be your outline. It doesn't matter if it's a 3 paragraph summary of your story or a 30 page scene-by-scene outline. But you need to have some sort of map to guide you, because even 2 days of writer's block is going to get you behind on your goal.
  • Your Story Bible, Character Profiles, Worldbuilding, and Writing Related Notes 
A collection of all your outlining notes. 
  • Get Ahead on November Projects
When I know I will have a busy week or month, I will do all the projects that I know I have. That includes school assignments, work projects, blog posts, and more. Of course, many projects will pop up in November, but try to get ahead on everything you know you will have. 
  • Your Planner
NaNoWriMo isn't so much the writing as it is the lifestyle. It's a monthlong writing practice, and for me, the purpose is to help establish a writing routine. So, you will need your planner that is going to have things like a word count tracker for each day, time blocks for when to write each day, and any different sheet that is going to help you. I personally use my bullet journal. (If you'd like a post about how I plan with my bullet journal, let me know!) 
  • NaNo Notebook
You are going to need a place to write down all of your notes and thoughts that relate to your novel throughout the month. You could also plan the month in this notebook. 

I hope you find this post useful in planning NaNoWriMo this year. If you have any questions concerning Preptober, feel free to comment!


  1. Thanks for introducing NaNoWriMo. Events like this are really necessary for those writers who adhere to strict writing rules to unleash their minds at least for a month.
    It seems that you are very busy in this October and November, but I hope you could find a time to write about how you plan your stories with a bullet journal. I look forward to reading about that.

    1. I agree. I will probably make a bullet journalling post sometime in December, so remember to look out for that!


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