NaNoPrep: Are You A Pantser or Planner?

October 4, 2016
Keri Horan
Riveted Editorial Board

Last night, NaNoWriMo hosted a NaNoPrep twitter chat. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up some of the highlights as the third post in our NaNoWriMo writing series. If you haven’t been with us since week one, that’s okay! Check out our intro to NaNo here (including why you should definitely, definitely do it this year), and how to set up your work space here.

Each Tuesday, we’ll be bringing you new tips and tricks for your NaNo prep leading up to November 1. Have something you’re worried about? Excited about? Not quite sure what to do about? Drop your questions in the comments and we’ll make sure to give you all the answers you need to win NaNoWriMo2016!

Yesterday’s Twitter chat left many excited to start planning their novels. Past winners shared advice on how they met their word counts, and new participants expressed their fears and hesitations about going into the month. The chat was hosted by Sarah, the director of community engagement for Intros were made, and people wrote in about their projects. Then the questions and advice began.

First pieces of advice: snacks are crucial, as is a solid playlist. We’ll have dedicated posts to each of those things as NaNo approaches, so stay tuned! Already have brainfood or playlists you love? Let us know in the comments!

Then, it moved on to advice shared by NaNo veterans:

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As well as tips for keeping up with your word count despite busy homework and study schedules:

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Pro tip: if you won’t have a chunk of time to sit down and write, consider breaking up your daily word count to make it more palatable:

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Also, a note on NaNo write ins: schedules will go up on regional forums as November approaches so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, you can find your local region and find information about events near you. If you sign up for an account, information will also be e-mailed to you throughout November. And if you’re interested in hosting a write-in, there’s also information about that here.

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Some people expressed nerves about failing. But, the thing is, there’s really no such thing as failing at NaNo.

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And finally, NaNo asked a bunch of questions to help you figure out if you’re a planner or a pantser. TIL, there is something in between planners and pantsers! (Confession, this is me.)

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Not sure which one you are? We’ve created a quiz to help you figure out if you should plan or fly by the seat of your pants. Find out here so you know what next steps to take as November approaches:

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