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Start planning your novel!

"NaNoWriMo is where 'I’ve always wanted to write' becomes 'I am a writer.'"
—Willow Sanders, NaNoWriMo participant

November is just around the corner. Take the first steps towards becoming a writer by accepting the NaNoWriMo 2018 challenge from your Dashboard and planning your novel. Spend even just five minutes in your writing space—try out a dare, write down a dream, or jot down a journal entry as your main character. Every little bit of practice helps! If you need a boost to get started, try out these three steps below:

1. Watch a video (or participate in a live virtual write-in!).

Join us live and chat with other writers around the world as we plan and write together in Virtual Write-Ins.

See all scheduled Virtual Write-Ins!

Or watch the Novel Prep playlist on our YouTube channel for tips on how to get ready to write, plan your novel, and more. 

Watch the Novel Prep playlist!

2. Try out the Young Novelist Workbooks.

They come in three different flavors (elementary, middle, and high school) and are filled with activities to guide you through the writing process. Plotting? Check. Characters? Check. How to schedule your days and give yourself rewards for writing? Check and check.  Choose your grade level below:

High School

Middle School

Elementary School

3. Check out the NaNo Prep page.

Have you checked out the NaNo Prep page? You should check the NaNo Prep page!

Check out the NaNo Prep page!

It's got a million and one more tips on how to prepare for NaNoWriMo in November, plus this important question: Are you a planner or a pantser?

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