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NaNoWriMo Prep in Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal Layouts for NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo Prep: Free Resources and Layout Inspiration

About NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month is a fun, free event that happens every year in November. The challenge is to write 50K words in one month or on average, 1,667 words every day for 30 days. It sounds difficult, but with proper planning, it is a feasible goal. Anyone can participate, even those who want to write for the sheer joy of it and any genre is welcome. Some people even write fanfiction! There are also NaNoWriMo rebels who write poetry, flash fiction, and other forms of writing with the goal of writing a cumulative 50K words in 30 days. If writing a novel is on your bucket list, read on for tips, tricks, and inspiration for completing NaNoWriMo. (For more information about the challenge, please visit

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo in my Bullet Journal

Last year, I completed my first NaNoWriMo under a pen name. This year, I created a new account under my real name and I’ve made more of an effort to prepare in my bullet journal. I asked in the official NaNoWriMo Facebook group for ideas for Preptober (the term many writers affectionately call October and is credited to Rachael Stephen.) Using the resources I found through Pinterest and the Facebook group, I’ve made a bullet journal for my work in progress so that by November 1st, I’ll be ready to write. Below are the first few pages of my set-up:

Preptober Goals Page

Preptober Checklist
This is my to-do list for October. It’s a long list but it helps me stay focused on having a successful NaNoWriMo.

Calendars and Preptober Schedules

Preptober calendar
I’m using these two calendars as guidelines for tasks I’d like to get done in October to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I may not do everything on these lists but I like having options.


NaNoWriMo Instagram Challenges and Prompts

Preptober Prompts
These are Instagram challenges and prompts I’m working on through October.

Sources for printables:

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This year’s NaNoWriMo is particularly dear to me because I’ll be working on the first draft of a novel idea I’ve had for years. Though I’ve had the basic idea for a long time, I’m struggling with the fear of my idea turning out to be terrible. I’m determined to get over my worries about writing an awful first draft and finally finish writing my story.

No one writes a perfect first draft.Click To Tweet Any mistakes I make or plot holes can be fixed in editing, after the first draft is written. NaNoWriMo will help me silence my inner critic and focus on getting the story out. I’ll still be working on it in December, as my current outline puts my novel between 90K and 100K words, but having the first half of the draft done by November 30th will be rewarding.

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a writing buddy. My username is simplykelseyjo. We can keep each other accountable and send encouragement on the days the words aren’t coming fast enough.

NaNoWriMo Resources

Below, you will find some of my favorite resources for getting ready for NaNoWriMo:

What are your favorite resources for NaNoWriMo? Please share with me in the comments. I’m always looking for more inspiration to keep me motivated while writing.

NaNoWriMo Prep: Free Resources and Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals
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