NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 1 of 9

Soon writers from all over the world will take up their pens (or keyboards) and attempt to write a novel in exactly one month. The measure of success is 50,000 words. That is, according to the fine folks at, 1,667 words each day from November 1 to November 30. That’s a lot of words. And unless you thrive on being a Pantser (i.e. flying by the seat of your pants), that means you need to prepare.

My preparation time is roughly a week before November 1, and this year I am utilizing a new tool to keep my notes together: the Traveler’s Notebook.  Appropriately named, eh? 🙂


I only learned about the Traveler’s Notebook within the last month, but am I excited! This beautiful purple suede notebook will be where I keep the basics jotted down, make note of my progress, and be able to scratch out any ideas I may have when I don’t have access to my computer. And of course it will be right there for easy reference while I am writing.

So today, on this first day of NaNoWriMo prep, I’m sketching out my main characters and their motivations. Tomorrow, plotting.

What do you do to prepare for #NaNoWriMo? Have a Traveler’s Notebook? If so, what do you like best about them?

– Melinda


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