Preparations for NaNoWriMo2017: Overview

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo2017 and looking for some tips & tricks to prepare for this writing frenzy? Here’s what I’m doing until November 1st. Hopefully it’s helpful for you too!

NaNoWriMo can be a daunting undertaking. Earlier years I have tackled NaNo without a plan or outline. I just sat down and wrote. And it worked as far as actually writing goes. Was it any good? Looking back at it now I think not.  That is until NaNo 2016. I had a better idea of what I wanted, it wasn’t complete yet, but I had a start.


This year I’ve done things differently. The process I already started in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016 has gradually become a greater project in itself, besides writing the book. And I wrote part of my novel! I worked on it during April’s and July’s camp. I hope to have the first draft of my first novel finished by October 31st, so that I can continue with my second novel in November. If not, I’ll simply continue with my first novel until that’s finished and then continue on with the second novel.

To reach that goal, I’ve made a checklist and this October I’m slowly working through it. Here’s a categorized overview of everything I’ve done so far. Have fun reading!

Writing Tools

For several years now I’ve used Scrivener as a tool for writing my manuscript. It works so well for me that I’m not going to change that. There is one thing I will add, though, and that is working with Aeon Timeline. I’ve tested it earlier and found it’s pretty perfect for my needs.

Additionally I use Excel to keep track of my word count. I’ve included a graph for:

  • NaNo Word count goal
  • Reverse NaNo word count goal
  • Achieved word count

It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out this year.


During NaNoWriMo it’s essential that you make backups! You’re going to do so much writing that you don’t want it to get lost. And thus you need back ups. I have a few options in use for that:

  • USB stick
  • External harddrive
  • Internal harddrive
  • Backup on my site. Namecheap has given me permission to store my back up on my site, of course outside the publicly reachable files. So, before I go to bed, I make a backup of the latest version of my files. If you have a site hosted somewhere, check to see if your host will allow you this storage!

World Building

For my world building I’m using the Magical World Builder tool, set up by Stephanie Cottrell Bryant. I will report my progress on this regularly this month, so be sure to check back here often!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What, if any, are your preparations? What’s your novel about? Let me know in the comments!

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