NaNoWriMo

Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning, Preparation & Resources

It’s only 24 days until Camp NaNoWriMo starts on July 1st! If you are planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July but want some helpful planning and preparation tips, then take a look at my first Pre-NaNoWriMo post here. That post is full of 10 great tips about how to get ready for your first Camp NaNoWriMo experience.

In my final April Camp NaNoWriMo post, I reflected on what I did well and what I could improve on, and I came up with three goals to implement in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo:

  1. I will give myself a clutter free dedicated writing space.
  2. I will be proactive on Friday evenings to make sure I can maximize my writing time on Saturdays and Sundays.
  3. I will do two 25-minute word sprints every day during the work week, with a minimum word count goal of 750 words every day.

On top of those three things, I’ve also created some more writing resources for me to use and I can’t wait to share them with you! I’ve updated my word tracking calendar, creating one for every month for the next year. Here are my June and July word count trackers:

June 2018 Word Count Tracker

July 2018 Word Count Tracker

Each box signifies 250 words written. You can download a PDF printable version of these calendars if you want to use them for your own writing: June 2018 Word Count Tracker Calendar or July 2018 Word Count Tracker Calendar.

I’ve also created a three-month at a glance writing planner that is AMAZING. The planner includes my monthly word count tracker calendars, along with several other tools that will help keep me on track and keep me conscious of what I’m working on from June – August. Here are a few excerpts from pages of my new planner:

Daily Planner 8.5 x 11
A Daily Planner where I can track my goals, develop tangible to-dos for my writing session, measure my productivity, and write-down my word count progress!
Weekly Check-In 8.5x11
A weekly check-in, to make sure I’m staying on top of things and stopping any bad writing habits before they sink in.
Monthly Check-In 8.5 x 11
Writing is a process – I will never be a perfect writer but I can make sure I give myself the best chance at improving my craft!

You can watch a short video of me flipping through the full planner on my Instagram page, here: https://www.instagram.com/sedunawaybooks/ . If you want to create you own planner, go for it! I know several authors who use bullet journals or create their own planners to help track their writing progress. I created these example pages using Canva, a free graphic design tool.

So far, I love my three month planner! I think this will be a game changer as far as making me a more conscious and thoughtful writer. I used to write when I felt like it, but I think this planner will help keep me on track and will make sure that I write much more frequently. I’m going to use the planner for the first time this week, so I will let you all know how it goes! Hopefully, this is just the sort of thing that I need in order to get my writing back on track for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo.

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